Nourishing the body is as necessary as feeding the mind, which is why the GRE now includes a pasta section. Cultivate mind and body power simultaneously with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian dinner fare plus two glasses of house wine (an $18 value) at Bartolinos Italian Ristorante in Astoria (a $48 value).
Tabletop candles gauzily glimmer over regal alabaster columns at Bartolinos Italian Ristorante, where robust Italian wines complement a menu of handmade pastas and authentic Old World favorites. Starters of mussels Luciano ($9.95) sprawl in a pool of butter-white wine sauce before nonchalantly flexing to catch diners’ attention. Star-crossed couples can reenact Lady and the Tramp moments while slurping saucy strands of the spaghetti Bolognese ($15.95), which emerges from kitchens along with 15 other freshly made pastas, including a house-made manicotti stuffed with dollops of ricotta and drizzled in rich marinara ($15.95). Succulent chicken and veal dishes ($19.95–$25.95) make short work of unruly appetites, as does grilled fare such as broiled pork chops studded with vinegar peppers ($20.95). Clinks from glasses of Bartolinos’s house wine echo across dining environs swathed in vivid Italian murals as flickering stone fireplaces cast light on a spread of flavorful house-made desserts.
Astoria, New York 11106