The best way to familiarize oneself with a different country's culture is to spend 10–15 years in one of its maximum-security prisons, but the second-best way is to taste its cuisine. Learn about Italy with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale Italian fare at Benedetto's Ristorante Italiano in Land O’ Lakes.
For over 10 years, chef and owner Ben Pumo has made an effort to great each table personally during the evening, and his warm spirit infuses the dishes that come out of his kitchen. Benedetto's Ristorante Italiano obliges diners with a savory menu comprised of northern and southern Italian cuisine featuring fresh local seafood, handmade pastas, and gourmet CAB steaks. Quell stomach grumbles with the decadent Benedetto dip, an oven-baked affair involving lobster and crabmeat, three different cheeses, spinach, artichokes, and a scallion planting a triumphant flag on top ($14.95). Cooks roll three cheeses under a layer of marinara to craft the handmade manicotti ($16.95), while the grouper bianco ($28.95) encompasses a pan-fried seafood trio underscored by jumbo Key West pink shrimp. Rat Pack memorabilia lines the walls of the eatery's refined dining room, and a live pianist begs patrons to watch him play "Chopsticks" after 6 p.m. each evening.
Land O' Lakes
21529 Village Lakes Shopping Center Dr.
Land O' Lakes, Florida 34639Get Directions