Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine at BonCaldo Ristorante, located in Norwood.
BonCaldo is a Zagat- rated eatery serving savory dishes from Italy's many regions. Turn the key on your tongue and ignite eating with an authentic old country appetizer, such as the bruschetta pomodoro, with provolone cheese, chopped tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar blanketed atop wood-grilled country bread ($6.95). For circular sustenance, diners can use their culinary compass to chart out the appetizing angles of a BonCaldo brick-oven-fired pizza pie—the Bolognese, for instance, heaps cheese and a three-meat ragu onto its 360 degrees of deliciousness ($14.95). The penne all’matriciana, one of BonCaldo's signature pastas, sets off feasting fire alarms with its smoked Italian bacon and chili flakes ($10.95 for small, $16.95 for large), and all steaks and chops are sizzled to order over a pecan- and applewood-fired grill ($23.95–$33.95).
Like chili popsicles and videos of grizzly bear ballerinas, Italian food is enjoyed around the world due to its versatility and heartiness. Enjoy as you take in the restaurant's interiors of brick archways and colorful murals.
Rather than limit themselves to one particular style, the chefs at BonCaldo Restaurant embrace culinary techniques from all 20 regions of Italy. Braised short ribs with creamy polenta, homemade fettuccine in a beef and veal ragu, and brick-oven-baked pizzas represent traditions that span from the calf to the toe of the boot-like peninsula. Even with all of this variation, certain standards remain sacrosanct. The chefs adhere to Old World traditions by wood-firing their dishes and making everything by hand, from mozzarella to meatballs—earning the approval of Phantom Gourmet. A wine list with more than 250 different bottles accompanies the cuisine, many hailing from Italy's vineyards and natural grape-juice springs.
The grand, mansion-like exterior of BonCaldo Restaurant perfectly complements its elegant ambiance. A distinctly Italian mural adorns one wall, adding a vibrant splash of color to the rustic woodwork and tables draped with crisp white linens. Surrounded by tables on all four sides, an open stone fireplace forms a focal point for the dining area even as it spreads warmth to all corners of the room.