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 authentic Italian cuisine at Alfredo in Berwyn. Choose from the following options:
- For $45, you get a prix fixe, four-course meal of Italian cuisine with two complimentary glasses of wine Sunday through Thursday (up to a $90 value).
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine on Friday and Saturday.
The naturally and romantically lit eatery boasts exposed brick walls, cozy tables, and a sophisticated bill of Southern Italian fare within its comfortably upscale confines. Bring your significant other, roommate, or favorite stranger for a midweek taste tryst with painstakingly crafted dishes. Choose two appetizers from a selection of five, such as the succulent, bean-accented calamari ai ferri, and the guazzetto diavolo, clams and mussels swimming in a choice of piquant red or savory white sauce. Follow this with a selection of sippable soup, such as the pasta e fagioli napoletana, a savory bean concoction with parmigiano and prosciutto, warming taste buds more efficiently than a chili-covered blanket.
Next, pick two entrees such as the gnocchi alla sorrentina teeming with potato dumplings, fresh mozzarella, and flavor-filled tomato sauce or the prosciutto-laden penne alla vodka. The pollo scarpariello careens diners down the poultry highway with juicy chicken breast flanked by roasted peppers and sausages, while the vitello melenzane introduces taste buds to tender veal crooning a tune to your hunger with backup singers Eggplant and Mozzarella. Answer your sweet tooth's phone calls with two desserts from the dexterous hands of the in-house pastry chef, and sip on a pair of complimentary glasses of wine in red or white hues to round out your feast.
Diners can tote along their own bottle of grown-up grape juice and alight upon a menu of succulent options. Appease appetites with plates such as the classic caprese sporting fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil ($9), or the lobster ravioli, delicate pasta pockets stuffed with the titular ocean residents and doused in a delectable cream sauce with fresh tomatoes ($18). The rigatoni contadina, a trio of sausage, mushrooms, and pecorino sate tummy rumblings ($15.50), and the eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti ($15) and the fettuccine alfredo ($16) impart classic Italian tastes to grateful herbivorous palates.
A glance at Alfredo's specials blackboard might reveal grilled mako shark steaks, heirloom tomato bruschetta, and meat accented with local honey, all extensions of a menu that breathes life into southern Italian cuisine. Flights of olive oil arrive on a wooden carving board with house-baked bread, and the absence of a corkage fee and elegant stemware encourage the BYOB policy. Appetizers showcase wild vegetables and meat cured in-house, which pique appetites for pastas rich with veal, prosciutto, and lobster or plates of free-range chicken. Chefs roll their potato dough into gnocchi and combine mozzarella and cream to create decadent burrata cheese, and can replicate their handiwork for onsite and delivered catering. Above a refinished wine cellar designed for parties, the sunlit, exposed-brick dining room has two private chambers with seating for up to 150 people.