A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare at Francesca's Ristorante Italiano.
Dangling chandeliers and arched, artwork-filled walls surround the diners at Francesca's Ristorante Italiano who peruse a menu brimming with classic Italian pastas, pizzas, and other entrees that form a marinara-themed holiday gift. Chefs paint the eatery's signature red-wine sauce or garlic-cream-cheese spread onto edible canvasses such as the Pizza Francesca dotted with an appetizingly abstract configuration of marinated artichokes, olives, and prosciutto ($7–$16). Tender slices plucked from a slow-cooked beef shank snuggle with two cheeses and oyster mushrooms inside ravioli osso buco ($17), and smoked salmon encloses lightly dressed greens before taking the stage with sautéed shrimp and scallops as the capri seafood trio ($24). While navigating forks through the ricotta and sun-dried tomatoes dwelling inside stuffed pork chops ($24), patrons can tap toes to occasional live music or launch paper airplanes into orbit on the alfresco patio. Dark-wood furnishings coat a fully stocked bar replete with wine, beer, and cocktail makings. Groupon customers will also receive 25% off gift cards to the restaurant.
Francesca's Ristorante Italiano
Francesca's Ristorante Italiano's eggplant fra diablo won Taste of Buffalo's 2012 Pat Sardina Memorial award for Best Comfort Food, and the lemon strawberry sorbet won Taste of Buffalo's award for 2013 Independent Health Foundation's Healthy Options, but those aren't the only items on the eatery's menu that could have qualified. Other dishes with sumptuous, rich flavors include the eatery's rustic Italian pizzas, which chefs paint with a signature red-wine sauce or garlic-cream-cheese spread, as well as the osso buco with tender, slow-cooked beef shank and oyster mushrooms packed into ravioli. While navigating forks through tubes of housemade manicotti stuffed with ricotta cheese, patrons can enjoy the melodies of occasional live music or launch paper airplanes off the outdoor patio. Dark wood accentuates the fully stocked bar, replete with wine, beer, and cocktail makings.