Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon to Bella Italia Restaurant & Deli. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of pasta and drinks for two.
- For $18, you get $40 worth of pasta and drinks for four.<p>
Bella Italia Restaurant & Deli’s chefs ready the building blocks of a menu of Italian fare by shaping house-made pasta dough into ravioli squares as sauce bubbles on a stovetop and savory Italian meats sear on a grill. The house specialty, ravioli tempts diners in more than 10 varieties, including neatly pillowed packages of crab ($15.50), mushrooms ($12.50), or artichokes ($12.50) topped with pasta sauce. Like an envelope destined for the time capsule of a chef, manicotti’s tubular noodles ($9.85) reveal a stuffing of ricotta cheese, spinach, and photo-booth prints. An Italian flag hangs proudly on a dining-room wall to oversee rigatoni guiseppe ($10.75), which floods pasta and italian ham with pistachio cream sauce, while hills of risotto valtellinese ($12.75) conceal mines full of beef and fontina cheese. Duos or groups can mollycoddle appetites by crunching on bruschetta toscana ($4.75), which tempers rich olive oil with sweet basil and tomatoes. A dish of tiramisu ($4.75) ends evenings as sweetly as an engagement ring topped with a sugar cube.
The clean white linen tablecloths at Bella Italia sit like yet-to-be-painted canvases. The restaurant’s chefs, or culinary painters, if you will, use Italian recipes to put a little beauty on display. And their palette’s hardly skimpy—16 pasta entrees form the core of the extensive menu, anchored by fusilli with pesto and rigatoni with sausages and vegetables. Ravioli, risotto, and seafood dishes such as salmon with lemon and capers complement the primary color that is the restaurant’s pasta selection. To boot, the kitchen prepares seven veal entrees, one for each veal entree Napoleon attacked with his fork during his Elba exile.