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 $25, you get $50 worth of high-end Italian cuisine at Armani’s.
Grounded by Chef Michael Von Burg’s northern Italian recipes, the menu at Armani’s is full of possibilities for any discerning palate. Refresh mouths with the temperatures and flavors of the calamari fritti ($15), which pairs crispy squid bites with a tangy key-lime aioli, or elevate a home-style staple with pollo con carciofi alla asparagi, sautéed chicken breast accompanied by asparagus, artichokes, pine nuts, and a garlicy white-wine butter sauce ($28). Armani's is famed for its veal, showcased in a variety of dishes, such as filetto del vitello, grilled veal tenderloin with lobster-crab gratin and angel-hair pasta, ($37), or osso bucco—braised veal shank and saffron risotto ($39)—which translates to oh-so veal filled.
The dedicated servers at Armani’s deliver each eye-popping plate in a romantic, recently remodeled atmosphere with picturesque water views from the 14th floor of the Grand Hyatt. Stop by on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night to enjoy live piano music in the main dining room, or snag a seat on the patio to take in off-shore breezes and sonnets delivered by seagull.
- Armani's is one place where you should go for an early reservation. Sit down just before sunset and watch the orange glow splash across the bay, the lights of Clearwater rising with the darkness. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing
- I ate at Armani's last night and it was the best meal I had in a long time. The food was superb and full of surprises. – peter06, Citysearch