There are many varieties of pasta in Italian cooking, from classic spaghetti eaten for daily meals to formal farfelle worn only to weddings and awards dinners. Dress up taste buds with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine at Bridgeman’s Restaurant in Hull.
Sue and Joe LaSpada's eatery, Bridgeman’s Restaurant, earned kudos from Zagat for its Northern Italian menu filled with locally caught seafood and fresh organic produce, as well as its dining room seasoned with white tablecloths and ocean views. Grilled chicken, oven-roasted tomatoes, and wild mushrooms flow through the baked penne's savory pasta conduits ($12 for lunch), and butternut-squash ravioli toasts its rich gourd heritage with a snifter of brandy-cream sauce and a garnish of pumpkin seeds ($10 for lunch; $19 for dinner). Pan-seared Atlantic salmon shares a plate with roasted-beet risotto and lemon-beet vinaigrette ($14 for lunch; $21 for dinner), and the award-winning brodetto de pesce's shellfish and unshelled fish swim in a pool of plum-tomato sauce with the assistance of squid-ink pasta ($23 for dinner).
Through the windows of Bridgeman's Restaurant's upper- and lower-level dining rooms, the churning blue sea entertains diners awaiting entrees of pasta, steak, and locally caught seafood. From their table they can also watch the open-theater kitchen to see cooks toss pasta and cut seasonal vegetables that are delivered daily. Or patrons can scope out Bridgeman's wine list, which features varietals from boutique vineyards in France, Australia, and Italy. In warmer months, Bridgeman’s invites guests to eat housemade ice cream and gelato on the outdoor, beachfront patio, using the sweet treat to convince merpeople to come ashore.