Pasta is among the world's most versatile dishes: it pairs well with any sauce, comes in endless textures, and never complains about being thrown at the wall. Test pasta's limits with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner at Angelina’s Ristorante on Staten Island.
Cooks at Angelina’s Ristorante whip up menus of traditional and innovative Italian cuisine, garnering high praise from Awe magazine, which calls the eatery “the best upscale restaurant on Staten Island.” Starters and salads tempt tongues with selections such as the vongole oreganata—baked little-neck clams— ($16), or the tre colori salad's mix of arugula, endives, and radicchio ($12) that does for taste buds what mobiles do for infants. Pasta dishes such as the spaghettini al pomodoro fresco ($16) present a palatable texture, and grilled Scottish salmon ($29) ratchets up healthy protein consumption. In the costoletta di vitello romagnola, a pounded, breaded veal chop sports a drizzle of balsamic dressing ($40), also known as the traditional accouterment culinary-school prom queens wear instead of tiaras. As they munch, diners may take in Angelina’s opulent, romantic décor—surrounded by crown molding and grand mosaics within its multistory mansion that boasts waterfront views.