Aroma Ristorante's chef and owner Mario Marotta crafts a menu of classic authentic Italian fare to adorn plates with heaping portions. Savor linguine and clams in a garlic-and-white-wine reduction ($17), or indulge in freshness with pasta primavera’s seasonal vegetables in a light basil-garlic sauce. For meat-minded stomachs, the new zealand baby rack of lamb ($28) saves diners a perilous trip to Mordor, and the reginette delivers a bolognese sauce spilled lovingly over a bed of long, flat noodles ($18). Aroma Ristorante’s intimate setting renders it ideal for first dates, anniversary celebrations, and wedding proposals via spaghetti slingshot. Though not included in this Groupon, Mario also teaches cooking classes and hosts various other events throughout the month.
Plating up palatable Italian cuisine for nearly 20 years, Daddona’s offers lunch and dinner menus loaded with saucy carbs, savory meats, and sautéed love. Kick-start unstopped-up stomachs to savory surfeit with a platter of olive-oil-and-garlic-sautéed Hungarian hot peppers ($5.95) or a portion of unbreaded eggplant parmigiana ($9.95). After sampling a white garlic sauce and romano-cheese-cloaked aglio e olio pizza ($6–$8), reinforce your fork’s self-esteem with a serving of pasta with meatballs or sausage ($10.90), a plate of fettuccine alfredo ($13.95), or a few thoughtful words spoken in kindness. At lunchtime, experiment with ratatouille ($7.95), Daddona’s mix of vegetables sautéed with marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella. For dinner, extend the warmest of saliva-gland welcomes to a breadcrumbed veal romano ($15.95), chicken marsala ($14.95) decorated with fresh mushrooms, or linguine-foundationed frutti di mare ($20.95) of shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams. Wine, beer, and liquor service is available for those who suffer from water allergies.
The scents of bubbling cheese and tangy marinara waft through Frankie's Italian Cuisine, where chefs have built pastas and pizzas from Old World recipes since 1967. In the kitchen, chefs craft dough and sauces each day to ensure that meals taste as fresh as a mentholated snowflake. When preparing seafood linguine, they cast nets of pasta into boiling pots, pulling up a succulent catch of gulf shrimp to slather in a house-made white or red clam sauce. In the dining room, napkins morph into Renaissance-style paintings as tomato sauce artfully drips from 15 specialty pizzas, such as the margherita with fresh basil, roma tomatoes, and buffalo mozzarella.
A party room accommodates up to 30 guests with ample seating and an array of dinners that include salad, italian bread, and a nonalcoholic beverage. Alternatively, diners can fuel parties at their homes and offices by placing catering orders for 24-slice pizzas, pasta trays, and dessert platters studded with cannolis and cheesecakes.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.
Cooks at Gusti Italian Grill prepare customized Italian entrees such as pasta bowls and Gusti wraps. Each entree comes adorned with the customer’s choice of a grilled item, fresh vegetables, and toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers.
The culinary technicians at Johnny Malloy's Sports Pub dish out a menu of palate-pleasing game-day specialties. Warm up injury-prone teeth with a quintet of wings ($4.25) in one of 15 flavors, from mild-mannered Texas sweet to saucy hot garlic buffalo. Carnivorous canines can chomp at the Malloy classic, a half-pound patty cloaked in melted swiss and sautéed mushrooms ($7.99) or a succulent half slab of ribs ($11.99). The mexican pizza, a dough disk painted in taco sauce, two cheeses, tortilla chips, and a multitude of south-of-the-border fixings ($12.99+), transports diners to the guacamole-paved streets of Cancun. A slice of creamy cheesecake ($3.99) sweetens the dessert menu.