When the weatherman predicts clouds with a chance of meatballs, the safest place to hide is in the garage, under an umbrella, with a shaker of parmesan in hand. Subdue a storm of hunger with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale Italian Fare at Avanti Restaurant.
Diners at Avanti sample fresh veal and house-made seafood off an extensive dinner menu, seated in patterned black booths in an elegant dining room with flower murals emblazoned on its crimson walls. Veal lovers can savor juicy cuts prepared piccata, marsala, or parmigiana style ($28.95), and others bite into rich vegetarian lasagna ($19.95). Like a tap-dancing mermaid, the weekday lunch menu lures curious guests to Avanti's tables, where they can net fresh seafood cioppino ($17.95) and islands of fresh-made tiramisu ($6). With a seasoned team of chefs, including owner Angelo Livi and pasta and pastry team Margarita and Mario Aniles, Avanti infuses Old World recipes with modern culinary artistry.