Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and soft drinks at The Italian Inn.
Since 1967, The Italian Inn has served up a savory dinner menu of traditional Italian eats in a dining room filled with intimate, fully enclosed private booths, a serenading serving staff, and live piano music nightly. Diners make taste buds sing with appetizers such as fried ravioli ($6.55) and shrimp scampi ($8.95) as they soak in the autographs of patrons past, notes from special occasions, and operatic odes to antipasto inscribed on the restaurant's walls and booths. Apply finely tuned appetites to one of the restaurant’s many entrees, including veal, spinach, and cheese-stuffed cannelloni topped with alfredo sauce ($11.95), eggplant parmesan ($13.95), or tilapia and shrimp sautéed with lemon, garlic, and olive oil and served in a piccata sauce over linguini ($17.95). A children’s menu cultivates future marinara maniacs with kid-friendly portions of lasagna, spaghetti, or cheese ravioli with a choice of alfredo or tomato sauce and a prosciutto-based replica of Pisa’s formerly plumb tower ($6.95 each). After dinner, feasters enjoy the dulcet tones of the silver-toned serving staff and live piano music as they quiet the rancor of sweet-craving teeth with one of the Italian Inn’s rotating selection of over 20 decadent desserts ($5.95 each).
The Italian Inn
In the gently lit restaurant, a waiter in black trousers and white shirt glides between tables toward one of many private booths. When he reaches his destination, he opens his mouth to greet the waiting guests and take their order, but instead of speaking, he bursts into song. The singing waiters’ nightly performances help to fuel the happy chatter that rolls across diners at The Italian Inn as soon as they pass the red-and-white striped pole near the entryway. As a live musician sits down at a piano to join the servers in their songs, wall sconces and tabletop candles flicker. Red, blue, and green light-garlands run across the room, casting playful hues on walls covered in handwritten epigrams, love notes, and messages from cardiologists concerned by hearts full of letters.
Chefs load plates with USDA Choice beef or decorate pastas imported from small Italian towns with sauces made fresh daily or imported olive oil. In the kitchen, the crew crafts soups, dressings, and desserts anew each day, and servers scoot past to grab bottles from a cellar crowded with international red, white, and bubbling vintages.