A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of food and drink at Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant.
Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant's chef Agostino Gabriele sautés pasta and marinates meat to craft upscale Italian fare served in Louisville's downtown. Pasta, seafood, and vegetables populate the menu and converge for the spaghetti all'aragosta ($34.95), a mountain of spaghetti topped with shrimp and lobster, holding hands and discussing politics as they wander through asparagus fields coated in a light garlic-and-olive-oil dew. Delicate hands wrap the crepe Agostino ($21.95), a thin pancake blanket that embraces beef, veal, and chicken, then coats itself in marinara and enters the oven. Feast on the grilled North Atlantic salmon in the salmone allo champagne ($24.95), or witness the meeting of poultry and Grand Marnier with the duck-breast chutney ($29.95). Wines by the glass, including the Hogue Cellars riesling ($9) can complement meals, and wines by the bottle, such as the Michael Pozzan Annabella ($30), can compliment your outfit.
Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant
Natives of Palermo, Italy, brothers Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele share twin passions for food and their Italian heritage. Both loves are combined under the same roof at Vincenzo's Italian Restaurant—by the owners' count, a winner of more than 20 separate culinary awards. Chef Agostino Gabriele began his culinary career at age 14 back in Palermo before moving on to kitchens in Milan, Dusseldorf, and St. Louis, commonly known as "The Dusseldorf of the Midwest." Gabriele's internationally honed cooking skills helped him become a James Beard–honored chef and win a DiRoNA award with his brother for Vincenzo's in 2007 and 2008.
Inside the kitchen, Chef Gabriele tops plates of al dente spaghetti with South African lobster tail and petite shrimp and roasts farm-raised chicken breast with asparagus tips, sun-dried tomatoes, and gorgonzola cheese. The eatery, which also offers an extensive wine list and soufflé desserts, has been visited by a number of celebs, including Muhammad Ali, Steven Spielberg, and Sylvester Stallone.