A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savour pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $32, you get an Italian dinner for two at Amici Italian Ristorante (up to a $66.75 value). The dinner includes:
- Any two soups or salads (up to a $19.90 value)
- Any two pasta or risotto entrees (up to a $39.90 value)
- One dessert (a $6.95 value)
Owner and executive chef Paul Krohn transforms local ingredients into elegant Italian dishes from an eclectic evening menu. The Insalata di Funghi's oven-roasted, marinated portobello caps serve as a stage on which roasted red peppers and goat cheese perform duelling soliloquies beneath a balsamic reduction. Pasta- and rice-based dishes dance on the tongue with a choice of partners including chicken, sausage, tiger shrimp, or fresh vegetables. Pillows of house-made potato dumplings curl up beneath a blanket of meat sauce, pistachio-sage butter, or alfredo sauce, and rods of asparagus claim a parmesan-rich risotto terrain in the name of Mother Earth.
After the meal, guests can split one of six Italian desserts, such as classic tiramisu or delicate pistachio-and-almond tartufo, or augment dinner with a bottle from the extensive wine list (not included in the cost of this Groupon). Diners hone shadow-puppet skills on white tablecloths and gaze at wrought-iron adornments that contrast with bright white walls.