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: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare at Bellissimo Ristorante in Allentown.
The chefs at Bellissimo Ristorante cobble together an extensive menu of Italian favorites, including pizzas, pastas, and lasagna. Divvy up a 12-inch brick-oven-baked grilled chicken pizza with roasted peppers and garlic across cheesy fault lines ($12.95) or slip letters inside baked ravioli ($12.95) to give the stomach something to read while digesting. The creamy shrimp alfredo's spools of seafood-laden noodles wrap deftly around forks ($18.95), while the pasta al forno, bowtie pasta sautéed with ham, spinach, and chicken in pink sauce ($16.95), surprises taste buds. During warmer months, diners may migrate to the eatery's expansive outdoor patio, laden with artful statuettes around the perimeter and a flowing fountain at the center renowned for its ability to bring pennies together.
White columns frame the red-tiled awning of Bellissimo Ristorante, a slice of Tuscan villa welcoming guests to a restaurant full of Sicilian and Neapolitan art and cuisine. The patio features classic statuary and a burbling stone fountain, while the interior boasts rich wooden tables and chairs atop a terracotta tile floor. The flavor of authenticity extends beyond the décor to the menu, which features filet mignon douses with gorgonzola cheese and topped with lumps of crabmeat and thin curst Italian-style pizzas cooked in real brick ovens.