The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Spanish dinner fare at Marbella Restaurant in Pepper Pike.
At Marbella, tuxedoed servers glide between white-linen tables teeming with tasty Spanish cuisine. Peruse the menu for hunger-satiating first courses such as the traditional cold tomato soup ($4) or the tender olive-oil-coated octopus ($12), both delicate ways to thank your stomach for loaning you $20. The popular paella finds assorted seafood languishing on a bed of saffron rice, topped with chicken and sausage ($25), and the veal scaloppini drenches juicy cuts of beef in a marsala wine sauce ($22). Lunchtime eats include a broiled fillet of Atlantic salmon ($11) and a vegetarian pasta ($8). The elegant eats are served either in Marbella's auburn-hued dining room or on its brick patio, which is bathed in a soft glow from nearby lanterns and the nighttime twinkle of distant exploding spaceships.
Cool breezes caress the faces of diners seated at the brick-walled outdoor patio at Marbella Restaurant, recalling the Mediterranean climate of the Spanish seaside resort for which the eatery is named. Indoors, tuxedoed waiters deliver fresh seafood such as twin lobster tails, grilled scallops, and jumbo shrimp to tables lit by flickering candlelight. Spanish wines, from sparkling cavas to rich, red riojas, pour into glasses from a full bar.