The impact of Mediterranean societies can be seen every day, from the linguistics of the English language to the deity who pulls the sun into the sky every morning. Devour other Greek influences with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Greek, Italian, and American fare at Bellagio’s in Joliet.
Chefs at Bellagio’s showcase traditional Greek, Italian, and American recipes in an assortment of comforting and hearty dishes. Diners scour the Greek selections for traditional appetizers, such as dolmades, six grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs and topped with an egg-and-lemon sauce ($5.95) that make flavorful first bites or effective food-fight grenades. A complimentary trip to the soup-and-salad bar accompanies the pastichio, a baked pasta casserole with ground meat and cheese cosseted by béchamel sauce ($11.95). Pizzas adorned with fresh toppings, breaded veal cutlets smothered with meat sauce and mozzarella ($14.95), and other Italian entrees transport taste buds to the seat of Renaissance thinking. From Bellagio's host of American classics, the new york chopped steak lounges beneath a layer of mozzarella and bacon ($10.95) to sate stateside appetites faster than the Pony Express could deliver an iPod. Patrons can sip a cold beer from the bar while eardrums keep the beat to occasional live music.