Modern Italian chefs work to honor their lineage by weaving new touches into age-old recipes, unlike the writers of General Hospital, who would like to forget seasons 11–23 ever existed. Watch the culinary melodrama unfold with this Groupon.
$25 for $50 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Wine
The dinner menu abounds with homemade veal ravioli with shiitake mushrooms ($18.95), seared swordfish atop basil mashed potatoes ($25.95), and seafood risotto ($22.95). Wines by the glass ($7.50–$12.50) include Italian and California varietals.
La Grotta Ravinia
Chefs Antonio Abizanda and Michael Connolly anchor their upscale Northern Italian cuisine on authentic Old World flavors and fresh ingredients, landing La Grotta Ravinia and its big brother La Grotta Ristorante Italiano repeated DiRoNA and AAA Four Diamond accolades. The epicurean duo man the eatery’s open kitchen, where they modernize traditional family recipes with globally inspired twists and bionic garnishes. Seafood, veal, and new york strip steak crown mounds of homemade pasta flooded with such adornments as san marzano tomato sauce and fresh chilies. The rich flavors of Italian and domestic wines complement bites, swathing palates in vinos approved by Sergio Favalli, La Grotta Ristorante Italiano's co-owner and a native Italian winemaker.
Panoramic vistas of an idyllic outdoor garden—located just beyond the dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows—surround patrons, who can pause from folding pristine linens into origami napkins to gaze into the waterfalls and bridges that criss-cross the lush natural environs.