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 $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Avezzano Ristorante in Cheektowaga.
The time-tested Italian dishes populating Avezzano Ristorante’s menu span generations, having been passed down throughout the years, according to metroWNY. Prelude feasts with plates of jalapeño ravioli ($6.95), whose breaded-and-fried shells are drizzled in a rich red-pepper coulis. Sautéed with fresh mushrooms and herbs, succulent cuts of chicken ($14.95) or veal ($18.95) sail down tongues on the surging currents of a marsala-wine demi-glace. Sage-brown-butter sauce buoys pan-roasted cod filets ($18.95) sheathed in a thick almond crust designed to fend off oceanic predators and plastic silverware. Crown sated bellies with one of eight decadent meal closers, such as a pillowy cream puff ($4.95) or a slice of peanut-butter pie ($5.95).
Globular beacons pair with decorative candelabras in Avezzano’s spacious dining room, irradiating its collection of wall-mounted artwork and photographs. Though not included with today’s Groupon, guests can wet whistles at a full-service bar, which galvanizes senses with a spread of big-screen TVs and a jukebox programmed with U2’s previously unreleased forays into baroque opera.