Dining out with friends can foster a healthy social life that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-times. Get out of the house and the tub with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of Greek and Mediterranean fare at Papachino's.
Papachino's chefs please palates with a menu of Mediterranean, Italian, and Grecian specialties, served in a cozy dining room filled with colorful murals and live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The eatery's popular gyros ($9.95–$12.95) stuff bellies and handmade pitas with gourmet ingredients such as seasoned spring lamb, artichokes, and sirloin steak pan-seared in red wine. The signature zorba sandwich ($6.95–$8.95) puts a multi-cultural spin on the classic by stuffing a pita with gyro meat, mozzarella cheese, and a signed photo of Charlemagne, topping each flavorful fusion with creamy dollops of homemade tatziki sauce crafted from garlic, cucumbers, dill, and yogurt that has been cultured in house. Pastas such as the shrimp diavalo inundate fresh garlic, crushed red peppers, and olive oil with house-made marinara sauce, and desserts lend a cool end to spicy sojourns with sweet spoonfuls of homemade rice pudding ($2) or tender bites of baklava ($2). The restaurant is also happy to help cater to vegan or vegetarian appetites by customizing many menu items and waiters help pessimists change their outlook by filling glasses to more than half-full with house-recommended wines.
Despite its expansive menu, Papachino’s is known particularly for one item—gyros. Fresh pita bread blankets the succulent combination of beef and lamb meat, but it’s the dollops of fresh tzatziki sauce, made from yogurt cultured in-house, that seal the deal. Other menu favorites span the Mediterranean, from Italian pastas to Greek moussaka. While munching on steak pita sandwiches or braiding strands of pasta marinara, customers can enjoy the eatery’s eclectic art collection, including a large painted mural of a Greek village as well as individual works by local artists. Every weekend, a live musician stops by and croons customers out of their seats and onto a makeshift dance floor with acoustic covers of hit songs.