Imported fare boasts the same exotic appeal of imported pets without the frustration of training a macaw that will sing only in Sanskrit. Experience foreign lands with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Bertucci's in Palos Hills.
Affable servers at Bertucci's impress well-traveled taste buds with a traditional collection of seafood, steak, pasta, and 10–12 daily specials. A torrent of asparagus and pea pods swirl atop sautéed Atlantic salmon paired with vodka-sauce-slathered mostaccioli ($16.75) as breaded steak parmigiana smolders under a deluge of mushrooms, peppers, and mozzarella ($12.75). Alfredo sauce as smooth as a Cary Grant pickup line frosts plates of broccoli-riddled fettuccine ($10.75), while tender potato gnocchi simmer in your choice of meat or marinara sauce ($14.25). Supplement meals with an appetizer of fried mini ravioli stuffed with sausage and cheese ($6.25) or a pasta-optimized pairing from Bertucci's wine list, such as the Querceto chianti ($26 a bottle).
Red-and-white-checked cloths trim tables interspersed across hardwood floors under exposed beams and dangling planters in Bertucci's dining room. Fresh breezes buoy mouthwatering aromas wafting through the eatery's outdoor patio decorated with wooden trellises and a multitiered fountain that grants diners a single wish if they toss their used silverware into it.
Bertucci's Restaurant evokes a wilderness retreat with log-cabin-style walls, hardwood floors, and a central fireplace on a bed of stone. Exposed rafters teem with greenery and the rising steam of chicken and veal in authentic Italian preparations, in dynamic sauces such as lemon wine and marsala. The open space mingles cozy ambiance with more than enough space for catered banquets that serve up to 100 people. Seafood fillets such as salmon and halibut insulate pasta draped with garlic, olive oil, and marinara. Patrons can venture outside to sip wine or an espresso drink amid the sprawling verandas of Bertucci’s open-air patio, where a fountain stands in a pool of water and falcons swoop down to snag unattended cannoli.