Sustainable, high-quality Floridian ingredients abound at Amami Brickoven Famous Italian Restaurant and Pizza, infusing every dish on the eclectic menu with original flavors and sun-kissed freshness. Mediterranean influences inform the dinner entrees, resulting in flavorful dishes such as calamari with capers, black olives, and housemade tomato sauce, and linguini with mussels and clams that, like the host's mandatory eye patch, speak to the restaurant's focus on sea-based cuisine. Housemade pastas and desserts are made daily using cereal grains such as Kamut, which are easily digestible and have a low gluten content. Their speciality is a yeast-free oval shaped pizza made using a secret recipe that has been winning over locals since 2011. Vegan, vegetarian, and heart-healthy dishes also tempt taste buds.
Happy to accommodate individual tastes and dietary requests, the kitchen's crack staff can swap ingredients in and out of any dish, a handy skill that factors into Amami?s private dinner parties. These parties, which comfortably hold 30?50 people, allow organizers to create the restaurant of their dreams for a single night without starting their own reality show. A private room is included, as is a menu catered exclusively to each parties' taste and budget.
The chefs at Ghiottone Italian Restaurant incorporate recipes and wines from northern, central, and southern Italy. Although they import some ingredients from the Old World, including Tuscan porcini mushrooms and Venetian oils from the region's olive derricks, they source many from local producers and make pastas and sauces in-house. Fried polenta, risotto with truffle oil, and veal scaloppini sautéed in a sicilian marsala wine sauce all help to create a culinary roadmap of Italy from the Mediterranean to the Alps.
Despite the crisp, white tablecloths, the dining room strives to create a more casual ambience with its faux-marble walls and large paintings of the Italian seaside. On the ceiling, an extensive mural of a Roman temple dominates the space, depicting the pantheon of Roman gods as they explain the differences between Ionic and Corinthian columns to the surrounding mortals.
Florida was first populated by humans when confused Italian conquistonauts parachuted into the (at the time) boot-shaped state from their medieval sub-orbital space station. Today's deal celebrates this forgotten chapter of history with the most authentic Italian fine dining on this side of the Prime Meridian. For $20, you get $40 worth of impeccable cuisine and drinks at Barolo Ristorante. Barolo's moderately upscale décor—long, flowing drapes adorn long windows, while a sleek bar and cushy seats beckon inhabitants like a moth to a sexier moth—will put your mind and stomach muscles at ease, decreasing the risk of heartburn and mental wanderlust. Parties of four or more can combine two Groupons, so turn your date into a double date or gather an army of picky grandmas and put the restaurant's chefs to the test.
The nearby ocean poses as a backdrop to Caffe Milano, with patio dining complementing the scenic menu of contemporary Italian offerings. Rev up appetites with the prosciutto antipasti ($17.50) before sending hunger up the river with the grilled salmon with garlic white-wine sauce ($26.50). Dinner diners will delight in the veal marsala, a medley of the titular meat with mushrooms and mashed potatoes in an aromatic wine sauce ($29.50), and dumpling enthusiasts will dig happily into the gnocchi gorgonzola, plump potato pockets doing the backstroke in a savory pool of fancy cheese and cream sauce ($18.50).
Classic desserts such as the tiramisu Milano ($10.50) or frutta fresca ($9.50) round out the meal’s end and reward taste buds for a job well done.
Panizza Bistro woos patrons by serving up warming breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tapas in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Enter cozy confines influenced by Italy, Spain, and Argentina to send your taste buds on a sensory and passport-free excursion. Sample rise-and-shineables such as the ham, cheese, and egg croissant (small $4.90, large $7.40) for a cheerful wake up that's less disturbing than being tickled by a rooster. Daytime diners can nosh on light tapas such as the roasted red pepper and feta cheese crostini ($6.90), or sink their teeth into hearty mouthfuls of Argentine lomito sandwiches filled with grilled steak, ham, cheese, and eggs ($8.99). Continue snacking South American–style with flavorful empanadas ($2), or take a pleasantly dry paddle across the pond with Italian fare including pizzas and pastas. Carnivorous diners can sample Mediterranean-inspired meaty plates such as grilled steak sautéed in gorgonzola sauce and crowned with a tempting toupee of crushed nuts ($14.90). Finish with sweet homemade flan ($4.50), or raise a mug of hot café Panizza fortified with cream, Tia Maria, and Baileys ($4.90) to toast old friends or initiate a liquid food fight in honor of the winter solstice.
I Love Pizza makes mouths water with a menu of gourmet espresso drinks and 19 New York–style pies. Taste Gotham’s personality without licking the Statue of Liberty thanks to a mozzarella and basil Manhattan pie ($15 for a 16"). The Central Park teems with flocks of kalamata olives ($17 for a 16"), and the pepperoni-topped Brooklyn ($16 for a 16") hulas toward mouths when clad in a skirt of tangy pineapples ($2 extra). Like a lullaby with a kazoo solo, the Nutella pizza pairs sweet themes with a hint of nuttiness thanks to its infusion of chocolate-hazelnut spread ($18 for a 16"). Calima Coffee's Aussie-roasted Colombian beans comprise each cappuccino, which can enliven eyes for staring contests with the sun at the café’s outdoor tables.