Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano in Amityville.
Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano’s chefs curate a traditional Tuscan and Sicilian menu and craft specialty takes on classic recipes. House-made sausage and broccoli rabe burst from hat-shaped pasta in orecchiette alla barse ($15.95), disappointing a failed magician’s audience. Veal scaloppine wades boldly into a port-wine reduction, carrying shallots and portobello mushrooms ($20.95), and grilled-vegetable pizza bears peppers, artichokes, and eggplant ($10.95). A half chicken breast simmers in sage butter sauce ($16.95) to ease the stress of the recent breakup with its other half. Accompany bites with piquant pours of Italian and American wines by the glass ($7+).
Diners sit surrounded by walls painted to resemble an Italian villa, and wrought-iron chandeliers and wall sconces illuminate tables. Tromp l’oeil arched pillars frame murals of pastoral Tuscan landscapes including images of mountains, vineyards, and tourists asking for directions.
Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano
The chefs at Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano craft traditional Tuscan and Sicilian dishes as well as their own idiosyncratic takes on classic Italian recipes. While digging into a half chicken breast in sage butter sauce, diners can admire the eatery’s wrought-iron chandeliers and walls painted to resemble an Italian villa. Tromp l’oeil arched pillars frame murals of pastoral Tuscan landscapes, depicting mountains, vineyards, and groups of tourists asking for directions.
330 Merrick Rd.
Amityville, New York 11701