In Italy, tomatoes are revered as sacred, which is why comedians bombing in Roman nightclubs get pelted with Maseratis. Celebrate an Italian staple with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $22 worth of traditional Italian cuisine and wine at Da Baldo's Trattoria.
The culinary artisans at Da Baldo's Trattoria craft a flavorful menu of old-world Italian favorites made with time-tested family recipes. As in every Italian epic, an ancient poet returns from the underworld to guide palates on a journey that begins with antipasti dishes such as prosciutto and melon ($7.95), made with fresh fruit and thinly sliced Italian ham. Pasta dishes, derived from the gastronomic heritage of owner Baldo Gandolfo, include tortellini alla panna ($12.95) dressed in a sherry wine sauce and festooned with prosciutto, peas, and mushrooms. Meanwhile, the chicken pinot grigio ($14.95) sports a white-wine sauce zested with lemon. Guests with sweet teeth can peruse a dessert menu abounding with gelato and sorbet provided by an Italian ice-cream company operated by the owner's family and a staff of moralizing Oompa Loompas.
Da Baldo's Trattoria
After leaving his hometown of Salemi in Sicily, restaurant proprietor Baldo Gandolfo began dazzling locals with mouthwatering Italian recipes honed through four decades. Baldo's wife, Madda, welcomes guests on their arrival to the mirror- and artwork-flecked dining space, and Baldo's sister Rita keeps a generous supply of saucy pastas, rich veal, and succulent chicken dishes flowing from the kitchen. Diners sit down to sup at linen-cloaked tables in the floral-wallpapered dining area and toast to a satisfying meal over glasses of espresso and flavorful Italian wines. In addition to dishing out hearty entrees and gelato-tinged desserts to families and friends, Da Baldo's provisions larger gatherings with a private banquet space capable of comfortably fitting 90 people or 60 Shriner cars.
3518 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63139