One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling across a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Buona Vita! Cucina Italiana in Arlington.
Under the watchful eye of Chef Francesco Martini, Buona Vita! dishes out a penninsular menu of hearty Italian fare. Start off an appetizing adventure by supping on antipasti such as mozzarella di bufala caprese, a plate of imported buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, and heirloom tomatoes bequeathed by the Mother Nature estate ($11.95). Next, delve fork tines into primi including the lobster fazzoletti, a plateful of homemade lobster-stuffed ravioli ($23.95), or the gnocchi alla sorrentina, delicate dumplings accented by basil ($15.95). Risotto offerings include the alla Milanese con funghi, which sports saffron and mushrooms to outfit the palate in tasty style ($19.95). Protein-laden secondi such as the bistecca alla fiorentina, a grilled 16-ounce Angus rib eye ($29.95), provide a flavorful way to fill carnivorous bellies and a decadent nesting place for wandering steak knives.