Italy is referred to as "the boot," not because of its shape, but because of a time-honored tradition of kicking tomatoes until they turn into sauce. Taste well-heeled classics with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drink at Bazil on Empire Boulevard.
Bazil is a casual-dining experience created by Mario and Flora Daniele to showcase the rich cuisine of their native Italy. Start with the standard bearer of Italian appetizers, calamari, served crispy (with aioli and marinara; $7.95) or served Sicilian style (tossed with banana peppers, olives, and garlic; $8.95). Savor each lip-smacking bite while sipping a glass of chianti ($5.75) or a specialty cocktail, such as a chocolate martini or Bayside Bellini, in the ambient, stone-walled dining area. Unlimited soup or family-style salad complement hearty pasta dishes such as the Taste of Italy platter, chicken parmigiano swaddled in lasagna and manicotti ($15.95). Linguine di mare features shrimp, scallops, baby clams, and mussels culled from the sea, bathed in white wine, and plated alphabetically, according to Italian food law ($16.95). For dessert, get the best of a carnival without being forced to walk a tightrope with an original funnel cake, topped with caramel and vanilla ice cream ($5.95).
- I have had a variety of food there and it is all delicious. They have a [sic] make your own pasta dishes (which are all you can eat). – Brandon P., Yelp
- The staff is friendly and the portions are huge. Great place to take a date or go sit back and enjoy the beautiful view of the marina and bay on a quiet day – John P., Yelp