Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian comfort cuisine at Buono Bistro, located in North Andover.
With more than 30 years of experience wining and dining lunch- and dinner-goers in an elegant atmosphere, Buono Bistro continues to dish out gourmet Italian comfort fare crafted from fresh, homemade ingredients. Gratify growling bellies with a lunch-menu appetizer of crispy fried calamari awaiting a skinny dip in a marinara pool ($9), before diving into deep-end entrees such as the baked ravioli, plump pasta pillows stuffed with cheese and smothered in a tomato sauce, mozzarella, and finely minced dreams ($10). Buono's lunch menu also boasts a bevy of paninis ($9), burgers (starting at $10), and taste-bud-approved salads (starting at $7). The extensive cast of talented dinner-menu players includes luscious seafood risotto, a harmonious blend of lobster, shrimp, scallops, and red peppers sautéed in truffle oil and saffron ($27), and the steak a la toscano, a 16-ounce Braveheart black Angus steak from vegetarian-fed cattle, accompanied by mashed potatoes, which provide both flavor and backup vocals ($25). Though this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, pair any meal with a complementary wine for a sweet nectar indulgence, or channel your inner urge for bar garnishes with a cocktail from the extensive martini list.
Robust booths cocoon customers underneath elegant track lighting as the black and tan décor creates a chic space ideal for family dinners, business lunches, or an impromptu monologue reading during a family dinner or business lunch. Ears can be just as entertained as mouths on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with live music performances by local artists.
The practiced chefs at Buono Bistro have spent the last 30 years creating a mouthwatering menu of classic Italian comfort food jazzed up with a gourmet twist. In addition to their daily specials, they craft gnocchi gorgonzola, lobster ravioli, and wild-mushroom risotto from scratch. The expansive menu also includes such nonpasta specialties as braised-lamb osso buco and veal stuffed with provolone and prosciutto.
Basking in the glow of an ornate, glittering chandelier, guests can sip a handcrafted martini or a glass of bold wine. Though the food and decor are decidedly upscale, Buono Bistro keeps it low-key, offering diners a relaxed atmosphere akin to a billionaire's treehouse.
220 Sutton St.
North Andover, Massachusetts 01845Get Directions