Italian cuisine was born when, after building the city of Rome, Romulus and Remus discovered Greece didn't deliver to their new address. Taste the origins of an empire with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian cuisine and drinks at Fila Bene Ristorante Italiano in Mequon.
Founded by a native Perugian and a globetrotting gourmand, File Bene Ristorante Italiano slings dishes crafted from fresh ingredients in traditional Apennine style. Extensive dinner and lunch menus penned in dactylic hexameter display a range of first entrees, including the manicotti al cinghiale, which stuffs its homemade noodles with wild boar braised in chianti ($18), and fettucine capesante al pesto, whose jumbo scallops scatter amidst the dish's pasta and basil-based sauce ($23). Second entrees jostle to be chosen, with the dried-tomato-and-chardonnay-tossed salmone alla griglia ($22) calling for attention from a bed of garlic polenta. Fila Bene's pizzas ($7.50–$9) offer full cover to dinner plates hiding from low-hanging beards and form teams of both white and red.
Guests at File Bene pass beneath a Venetian glass chandelier in the restaurant's foyer before a polished dark-wood bar greets them in the main dining room. Simple place settings leave the spotlight shining on the eatery's flavorful dishes, though warmly lit Florentine art hung along crimson walls steal occasional glances from eyes that stray past their meals.
7602 W Mequon Rd.
Mequon, Wisconsin 53097