In Alcatraz, solitary confinement was reserved for those who refused to appreciate the kitchen’s fine Italian cuisine. Remain in culinary good graces with today’s Groupon: to Bugatti Café in Astoria. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get an upscale Italian dinner for two (up to a $77 total value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $15 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $23 value each)
Two glasses of wine (an $8 value each)
- For $49, you get an upscale Italian dinner for four (up to a $154 total value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $15 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $23 value each)
- Four glasses of wine (up to an $8 value each)<p>
Along with his family’s gastronomical legacy, chef Camillo’s upbringing in Parma, Italy, influenced Bugatti Café’s cuisine, resulting in an inventive Italian menu served in a rustic, hand-crafted interior. Tossed pignoli nuts tumble onto a soft spread of imported burrata cheese, inciting epicurean revelries hosting grilled calamari, shrimp, and scallops dressed in baby arugula salad. Coiled corkscrew pasta pairs with smoked prosciutto and caramelized onions in the fusilli con e speck, one of six hearty pastas ideal for distracting consummate fork-twirlers from nearby electrical outlets. Slow-cooked in red wine and balsamic vinegar, the stinco di agnello’s lamb shank sidles alongside a gorgonzola polenta, and the branzino’s farm-raised striped bass reclines atop a rich basil-pesto risotto.
Décor sheathed in mahogany wood spans a sprawling poplar floor, bathed in dim light cast by luminous wall sconces and flickering candles dotting the interior’s exposed brick. Diners seated at custom-crafted wood tables can admire the softly lit dining room’s vivid floral accents or sniff and swirl chalices of house wine to dulcet ambient tunes and spoon solos played by the friendly staff.
Bugatti Cafe fully embraces the warm, charming connotations of an Italian eatery with its earthy cuisine and rich mahogany hues. Originally from Parma, Italy, chef Camillo recreates familiar Old World flavors by importing cheeses and cured meats and relying on time-honored techniques for boiling water on a stovetop. His menu includes slow-cooked lamb shanks, veal- and spinach-stuffed ravioli, and grilled Portuguese octopus in red-wine-vinegar emulsion.
Although the eclectically decorated dining room draws eyes to yellow walls and a pair of turquoise doors, poplar floorboards, custom-designed wooden tables, and exposed brickwork keep the space rooted in rustic tones. A mural fuses the two disparate color schemes with a soft depiction of an urban scene, which includes towering skyscrapers, vintage automobiles, and New York's iconic aqueducts.