If food is not kept warm it is likely to rebel, often by swiping cloth napkins and hoarding cashmere to-go boxes. Enjoy well-sheltered comestibles with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of lunch at Broccolini's Trattoria.
Broccolini's Trattoria infuses middays with a Mediterranean flair, serving up a traditional Italian menu and daily lunch specials. Freshly prepared each morning, the dishes are kept warm so that diners need not wait for their savoury companions. Baked pasta al forno marries tomato-laden gigi sauce and mozzarella cheese in the intimate confines of the oven ($9.95, $7.95 for a half order), and rotating daily specials might include appearances by penne with chicken parmigiana or stuffed red peppers, depending on the advice of their publicists. Grilled paninis put overstuffed sandwiches to shame with their compact efficiency ($6.95), and a daily soup and salad ($4.95 each) combat plate-size uniformity. Broccolini's serves Italian favourite Lavazza in the forms of espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes, and keeps wine and beer handy for slow sipping or pairing with classic desserts such as tiramisu ($4.95).
Early in the morning, the chefs at Broccolini's Trattoria can be found bustling around the restaurant’s kitchen whipping up the day’s dishes. Dedicated to creating fresh, authentic Italian cuisine, culinary craftspeople keep fare ready-to-eat within the balmy confines of steam tables powered by furious teapots. From the moment the staffers fling the doors open at 8:30 a.m. to the sound of the closing bell at 2:30 p.m., the warm, toffee-hued walls of the dining room resound with the chatter of eaters and the garlic-laden aromas of homemade eats. Throughout the day, hungry patrons can sidle up to the bar to pick up pastas and paninis, surprising taste buds with a rotating lineup of lunch features. As baristas crown cappuccinos with foam, diners settle into leather chairs to start postprandial discussions or stare at the tiny sportsmen bounding between the corners of a flat-screen TV.