Mediterranean restaurants adhere closely to tradition, thanks to the generations of poets who memorized and recited takeout menus in public squares. Enjoy an oral tradition with this Groupon.
$25 for $50 Worth of Italian Cuisine
A traditional opener of baked clams ($8) paves the way for the dinner menu's entrees, such as chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese and bathed in a shiitake-mushroom sauce ($21). Handmade pastas include a potato-and-butternut-squash gnocchi with crispy pancetta and pesto ($15), and seafood delights include jumbo shrimp in a spicy plum-tomato sauce ($23). The lunch menu favors lighter helpings of pasta, salads, and antipasti.
If the planters of blooming flowers outside Zucca Trattoria's front door don't immediately establish a commitment to home-style Italian comfort, the point is soon driven home by tiles the color of earthenware, sunset-orange walls, and wicker-wrapped Chianti bottles in the alcoves. Close huddles of tables make it easy to commiserate with friends and a chalkboard on the wall lists the daily specials, as well as the location of the nearest post office in case patrons need to write an Italian pen pal for recommendations.
The trattoria's owners strive to mirror the cozy, Old World vibe in their hearty menu. Chefs craft individual pieces of pasta by hand and glaze dishes with vibrant pesto and plum-tomato sauces. The flavors of the Italian countryside infuse a variety of regional specialties, including wild-mushroom risotto as well as a whole Mediterranean sea bass tinged with lemon, fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil.