Italian cuisine was born when, after building the city of Rome, Romulus and Remus discovered Greece didn't deliver to their new address. Taste the origins of an empire with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Amarsi Ristorante in Oro Valley. Amarsi Ristorante is closed on Mondays.
The chefs at Amarsi Ristorante prepare authentic Italian pastas, grilled meats, and seafood dishes. Dinnertime maws explore a menu rife with Italian favorites such as veal picatta served with linguine and fresh veggies ($21.95) and spaghetti bolognese with veal, pork, and beef ($17.95), which join forces to create the meatiest trio since Arnold Schwarzenegger discovered an extra bicep. Guests can set lifeboats of tortellini afloat in seas of marinara, alfredo, or vodka sauce ($14.95), or tackle two 3-ounce cuts of grilled beef tenderloin drizzled with chianti wine and mushroom sauce ($22.95). Seafood stars in the frutta di mare, with mussels, clams, calamari, white fish, and scallops all simmered in marinara and served atop linguine ($23.95). Alternately, patrons can quell stomach rumblings and kidney yodelings during lunch with the hot italian combo sandwich ($10.95), which features mounds of roast beef and sausage soaked in au jus.
Like members of a retirement community’s bridge group, Amarsi's wait and bar staff have a minimum of 20 years' experience each. Diners converse at double-clothed tables topped with fresh flowers as they admire the scenic view of mountains outside.
The chefs at Amarsi Ristorante handcraft every sauce on the menu, from the lemon-white-wine sauce that adds brightness to veal piccata to the classic marinara that preps meatballs to be shot through a cannon. The from-scratch condiments contribute to the traditional menu’s appeal, which was summed up in Tucson Weekly when the restaurant was described as “one of those places where I wish the company would spring for more than just two visits.” Servers–all of whom boast at least 20 years of industry experience–are happy to recommend pairings from Amarsi Ristorante’s ample wine list. As diners sup, their eyes can wander from crisp white tablecloths topped with fresh flowers and candles to views of the mountains outside.
12152 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd.
Oro Valley, Arizona 85755