Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon to Bellino's Italian Restaurant in Rockport. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
The chefs at Bellino's Italian Restaurant handcraft fresh ingredients into a menu of traditional Italian eats. Steer tiny metal soup gondolas through a bowl of tomato and mussel zuppa di cozze ($9.95), or nosh on an order of bruschetta con gamberi e broccoli, which, like a volcanic eruption on the Italian coast, scatters sautéed shrimp and broccoli across toasted garlic bread ($8.95). Pollo al gorgonzola finds a fowl lounging in a creamy gorgonzola sauce atop a bed of spaghetti ($20.95), and fish, shrimp, clams, and mussels dawdle in the tomato-based soup caciucco ($20.95). Transport yourself to a rustic Italian village with an order of homemade Sicilian-style tiramisu sprinkled with a dusting of cocoa ($6.95).
The warm orange tones of the establishment cast a charming Old World feel redolent of an authentic Italian trattoria. Epicurean tots will delight at the kids’ menu ($5.50–$9.50), wherein familiar adult entrees such as pasta, chicken, and shrimp don playful masks and celebrity voices.