Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Ale Roma Cucina in Orange.
Seasoned chef and owner Rodrigo Olmedo brings nearly 30 years of culinary experience to crafting Ale Roma Cucina's menu of traditional Italian cuisine with contemporary international influences. Traditional pizzas, such as mangia bene topped with artichokes, peppers, and eggplant ($11.95), or salsiccia and caramelized onions ($14.95), help diners to theorize whether a flat earth could support a surface of steaming mozzarella. Chef Olmedo prepares the tortelloni romana's ricotta dumplings to wade through tomato-cream sauce alongside pancetta and mushrooms ($15.95). Risotto mare e monti gathers shrimp, clams, and scallops atop arborio rice ($16.95), and veal saltimbocca emulates its favorite glam rockers by draping itself in a cape of prosciutto, fontina cheese, and sherry ($21.95). Diners can ease down bites with italian espresso or an array of domestic beers.
Ale Roma Cucina
Seasoned chef and owner Rodrigo Olmedo brings nearly 30 years of culinary experience to crafting Ale Roma Cucina's menu of traditional Italian cuisine. His creations are diverse, from elegant pasta dishes such as the rigatoni con salsiccia—with sausage, asparagus, caramelized onions, sherry, cream, and reggiano cheese—to more casual panini sandwiches and rustic pizza suited for gourmet lunch hours.
Behind the bar, rows of wine bottles line the wall, looking out upon the dining room where marble-topped tables fill with plates of steaming gnocchi and discussions about whether The Mona Lisa actually had teeth. The restaurant’s selection of libations also includes numerous bottled and draft beers as well as espresso drinks to savor with slices of tiramisu.