The first European explorers set sail to find new, exotic spices to please their hungry monarchs, but all they discovered were heaps of inedible gold. Broaden your mouth's horizons with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Fare
The menu opens with elegant appetizers such as honey brie with flatbread crisps ($9.95) and grilled-lamb lollipops ($12.95). Entrees include a margherita pizza with fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella ($12.95); pappardelle bolognese with ragu of beef, veal, pork, and red wine ($18.95); and mesquite grilled swordfish medallions in lemon-garlic sauce with cherry tomatoes ($23.95).
In the bistro's dining room, a small tree springs from a central planter, its gaunt branches peppering the space with twinkling string lights. As wall sconces cast buttery light on wine racks and ornate vases, fingers tiptoe across the restaurant's piano, filling the air with the seductive charm of a vintage jazz club.
Complementing these lavish ambiance notes is a dynamic Italian menu infused with seasonal ingredients from local markets and farms. Pours from a long list of wines help to awaken diners' palates, as do elegant starters of honey brie, grilled-lamb lollipops, and steamed Prince Edward Island mussels, grown in the main aquarium at Buckingham Palace. When it comes time for entrees, servers' arms stack high with fig-laced pizzas, steaks with dollops of herbed butter, and fish dishes that glisten with delicate wine sauces.