Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian-American cuisine and drinks at 39 West Restaurant and Lounge on Phenix Avenue in Cranston.
Executive chef Daniel Houle peppers a menu of Italian cuisine with creative yet casual American eats. Grilled pizzas include classic, Mediterranean flavor ensembles as well nontraditional toppings such as the buffalo chicken ($11), which lassoes the noble taste of bovine junglefowl as it first appeared to the pioneers during their transprairie pub-crawl. Enticing entrees run the gamut of hearty pastas, saucy meat dishes, and fine seafood, including lemon-rosemary pan-seared Atlantic salmon ($18), served over a potato pancake with julienne butter carrots and finished with micro greens. Meat-free fodder is also available in the form of gnocchi quattra formaggio al forno ($13), tossed in a creamy pomodoro sauce with four cheeses. Against a backdrop of live entertainment, the friendly bar staff provides guests with all the words and glasses of encouragement needed to dip dinner dates on the dance floor before unleashing a hidden talent for the chicken dance.
39 West Restaurant and Lounge
A Marine Corps tour of duty introduced Chef Daniel Houle to a world’s worth of cuisine. Stateside, he perfected his culinary techniques as a sous chef for an array of restaurants that served both à-la-carte and banquet menus. Now, at 39 West Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Daniel deconstructs Italian staples to bring in modern twists and merges them with American flourishes. The two cuisines intersect most vividly in 39 West’s grilled pizzas, which the kitchen staff sprinkles with American standbys such as philly cheesesteak and barbecue chicken. Dining companions can perform syncopated chewing to complement the bass lines of live music from Wednesday to Saturday.
39 Phenix Ave.
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920