Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon to Buon Appetito in Bayonne. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get an Italian dinner for two (up to a $69.85 total value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $9.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $47.90 value)
Two glasses of house wine (a $12 value)<p>
- For $55, you get an Italian dinner for four (up to a $139.70 total value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $19.90 value)
- Four entrees (up to a $95.80 value)
- Four glasses of house wine (a $24 value)<p>
Buon Appetito’s chef squeezes authentic Italian fare and original interpretations into one comprehensive menu that the Hudson Reporter extolled for exceeding expectations in both “flavor and quantity.” Foodies whet appetites with creamy ricotta encased in slices of eggplant, which are cut thinner than a dieting smart phone and smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Hand-rolled pasta such as lobster-filled ravioli in vodka sauce entertains apathetic tongues, and pillows of aromatic gnocchi bolognese lull fatigued teeth to sleep. Pan-seared Chilean sea bass cartwheels towards waiting plates, sticking a landing atop sautéed broccoli rabe, and the chef’s special veal wows gourmands with a crown of artichokes, capers, and lemon-infused white-wine sauce. Duos or quartets can choose from five house wine varietals to sip within Buon Appetito’s casual interior, which showcases dainty chandeliers, dramatic drapes, and tables immaculately dressed in black and white linens studded with diamond cufflinks.
Buon Appetito Restaurant
Family-sized platters emerge from the kitchen alongside individual portions of familiar Italian entrees, entering into a petite but lavishly dressed dining room that the Hudson Reporter referred to as "one of those quality places that doesn’t intimidate you" in a 2011 feature. The menu's selection boasts housemade ravioli, grilled Atlantic salmon, and cuts of veal in one of the chefs' hearty sauces. To accompany meals, Buon Appetito also stocks its cellar with wines from across Italy and California, including fruit-forward reds and refreshing whites that are chilled to their ideal drinking temperatures inside of an igloo.
The dining room maintains a welcoming yet refined ambience, with black linens draped over every table, a ceiling lined with small crystal chandeliers, and walls filled with vibrantly colored vintage advertisements. Buon Appetito's delicatessen fulfills a separate gastronomic purpose, plying visitors with cheeses, sausages, and imported Italian foods instead of fully prepared entrees.
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002