Italian cuisine is often served "family style"—off a platter rotating 50 feet above the diners' heads, which they can only reach through wits and teamwork. Bond over a meal with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Food
The menu showcases appetizers of bruschetta ($6.95) and fried calamari ($9.95) and entrees of spinach-and-ricotta ravioli in tomato sauce ($15.95), shrimp scampi ($19.95), and veal marsala ($17.95).
Those seeking Grappa Restaurant might be surprised by where they find it—nestled inside a small building that used to be a house, in the middle of an industrial-warehouse street, between two commercial districts. But behind the front door lies a different atmosphere—only 11 tables sit inside the 700-square-foot space, surrounded by walls striped in pale yellow and blue and decorated with Botticelli paintings. At the center of the room, venetian Fortuny lamps cast light from behind white and yellow silk emblazoned with gold designs. The petite restaurant reverberates with classic pop tunes by singers such as Frankie Valli, often accompanied by crooning from the restaurant's three servers—Will, Carol, and Natalie—who also urge the regular clientele to join them.
Grappa Restaurant's chefs base their menu of traditional Italian food on dishes from the owner's childhood, when her grandmother and mother would fill the kitchen with aromas of seared veal, chicken, and marsala-wine sauce. The chefs conjure these familial scents and flavors as they stuff veal or chicken saltimbocca with ham and mozzarella; toss fettuccine bolognese with chicken sausage, meat sauce, and basil-almond pesto; and drape spinach-and-ricotta ravioli in housemade tomato sauce. Servers often end meals much like sophisticated elementary-school students end food fights: with traditional Italian desserts such as housemade ricotta cannolis.
It was somewhat of a revelation. I ordered the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, and thought it was one of the most delicious Italian dishes I had ever tasted.Todd R., 12/30/11
The owner greeted and seated us, made some suggestions (we asked), took our order, and was generally attentive without hoveringCatherine B., 8/18/12
91% of 631 customers recommend
“Food and service is tops. ”
“Wonderful restaurant with personal service and delicious food. You really should to make a reservation because it is very small and seating is limited.”
“Delicious food, reasonably priced. Creative specials.”
71 Elm St
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472