The border between France and Italy is formed by a great big linguine slathered in béchamel sauce. Try a taste of the Old World with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of rustic French and Italian dinner fare, plus two glasses of prosecco, at Fraiche Restaurant (a $60 total value). This Groupon is valid at either the Santa Monica or Culver City location.
Companions can kick off romantic evenings with a shareable appetizer from Fraiche’s haute European-inspired menu, diving into dishes such as the salmon tartare with avocado ($16) or the creamy Italian burrata cheese accented with bell pepper and arugula ($14). Patrons meander over the selection of entrees, occupying stomach real estate with dishes such as the soft and succulent lamb pappardelle accompanied by shaved goat cheese ($22) and the braised short ribs with soft polenta and horseradish gremolata ($22), then complete the circle of life by burying their forks in a slice of mascarpone cheesecake with cranberry sorbet, strawberry, and exotic coulis ($12). Dual glasses of prosecco (a $10 value each) bathe satiated tongues in Italian sparkling wine, dispensing subtle dry notes and extravagant multilingual improvisations off the dessert menu.
It’s about abundantly flavorful food cooked with skill and sense and presented at restrained prices.Frank Bruni, New York Times, 3/5/08
It's hard to stop smiling after this epic meal I've enjoyed with my dear friends tonight.Diana Takes a Bite, 12/20/10