Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they also were the first to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $22 worth of Italian dinner fare and drinks at La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar.
La Gra caters to the hungriest with a menu bursting with piping-hot tapas, fork-twirling pastas, and delectable pizzas. Dinner diners can usher in a warming meal with small plates such as the risotto fritters with a garlic-cream sauce ($8.99). Larger platters of Italian staples, including spaghetti and meatballs ($11.99), nestle alongside Sicilian-style pizzas, which, like the human mouth, are rectangular. Delve into the sausage-and-pepperoni-laden Victoria Avenue ($14.50), or spark tongue buds with the flame-hot flavors of the pizza Fiero's spicy red-pepper-tomato sauce and capocollo. An extensive wine list adds flavorful fermentation with wines by the glass ($5.50–$8), by the bottle ($18–$77), or by the stomp-it-yourself cask.
Guests practice noodle knot tying within La Gra's sleek dining room, tastefully trimmed with polished wood floors and Tuscan-inspired murals. To satiate live-music cravings, time nutritional consumption with fetes on the calendar of events, and feast ears on skilled performances and appetizing chords.
La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar
Gazing at the Tuscan-inspired murals in La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar's dining room as the aroma of Italian tapas wafts through the air, guests might think they've been transported to the old country. However, while guests haven’t been secretly teleported to a Florentine trattoria, you can hardly blame them for making the mistake. Small plates of tomato-, caper-, and garlic-topped bruschetta or flash-fried Sicilian olives stuffed with gorgonzola cheese map out bite-sized guides to Italy’s native tastes. Fresh Mediterranean-inspired ingredients also populate larger entrees such as four-cheese veal parmesan and pizzas topped with provel cheese, yellow squash, and spicy garlic cream sauce.
Pours of domestic or imported red and white wine add Euro-style complements to meals occasionally accompanied by the strains of live music. More than 20 martinis also showcase the resident mixologists’ creativity, with the Cosmic Sorbet boasting citrus vodka and cranberry juice supplied by the astronauts who lead each year’s fruit harvest on Venus. While dinner is served and drinks flow seven nights a week, guests can also rent the dining room, bar, café, or entire restaurant for private parties that accommodate up to 100 attendees.