Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian dinner cuisine at Abrusci's in North Cherry Creek.
Abrusci's Tuscan-tinged dinner menu oozes authenticity with classic Italian pastas, seafood, chicken, and salads, plus wines from across the globe. Entertain impatient appetites with a starter of breaded, golden-fried cheese ravioli and marinara ($8). Or cool off hot tongues with the gorgonzola salad, a nesting ground for romaine lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, toasted cashews, mandarin oranges, and gorgonzola crumbles, topped with a creamy dressing ($6). Entrée-hunters can track down Steve's rigatoni and sausage, which douses the spicy italian meat and fresh basil in a tomato cream sauce ($15, $17 baked), inspiring enjoyment in Steves and approved non-Steves. Or stick with traditional recipes, such as the veal marsala ($19), with mushroom-, onion-, and sweet-marsala-wine-smothered veal scaloppini joined in a hunger-fighting alliance by two sides, such as roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, grilled polenta, or green beans with tomato and basil.
Abrusci's bevy of gluten-free dinner options, such as the chicken saltimbocca, made with fresh sage, thinly sliced prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella ($15), helps gluten-abstainers avoid their sworn foe. Escort foods down the esophageal espressway with one of Abrusci's 34 wines available by the glass, such as a 2009 Borgo pinot grigio from Italy ($7) or a 2008 Californian Bogle petite syrah ($8).
300 Fillmore St.
North Cherry Creek, Colorado 80206Get Directions