Chefs’ ovens burn much hotter than conventional ovens, allowing them to quickly roast meats and melt glacier chunks into gourmet ice water. Enjoy professional cooking with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Bar Italia Ristorante. Choose from the following meal times:
- Sunday–Thursday through April 17.
- Friday or Saturday in December.
- Friday or Saturday in January.
- Friday or Saturday in February.
- Friday or Saturday in March.
- Friday or Saturday from April 6 to April 14.<p>
Since debuting as a humble storefront café in 1983, Bar Italia Ristorante has expanded its menu to include fresh Italian seafood entrees and bountiful plates of pasta and salad. The diverse dinner menu features items such as petto di pollo agro dolce, a veritable savory soiree in which citrus-clove-mint-marinated chicken breast mingles with sautéed mushrooms, red onion, bell pepper, raisins, sultanas, and pignoili in a balsamic reduction ($19.95), and meat-filled tortellini in a light cream sauce with mushrooms, peas, and prosciutto ($16.95). Bar Italia’s extensive wine list uncovers precious liquid gems such as a 2010 Jermann chardonnay ($49/bottle) and a rare Californian wine made from fermented pages of The Grapes of Wrath.
In 1983, Bar Italia opened as a tiny café dishing up gelato and drinks just east of Euclid Avenue. Today, it's a multilevel Italian restaurant just west of Euclid Avenue. It hasn't moved very far, but now its chefs toss pasta with seafood, season and grill Black Angus steaks, and flame pork tenderloin with brandy before finishing it in a light cream sauce. They also whip up vegan and gluten-free plates, and they still serve housemade gelato created with all-natural ingredients.
Diners can order wine by the glass, bottle, or bathtub to enjoy in the dining room, by the bar, or outside on the sidewalk area, which is pet friendly. Inside the eatery’s entertainment venue, Luna Lounge white leather couches bask in the glow of colored mood lighting and flickering candles. On Thursday nights, global tunes from the DJ pump through the sound system.