Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Butch's Italian Cafe in Canal Winchester.
The lunch and dinner menus at Butch's stuff stomachs with traditional housemade Italian dishes. Pizza bread ($7.95), garlic, barbecue, or buffalo chicken wings ($7.95), and garlic bread with cheese ($4.50) stand by to launch flavor fests. The Romano chicken rests on a soft bed of pasta, garlic sauce, and grilled mushrooms ($15.95), and fettuccini with a classic cream-and-butter sauce ($12.95) offers an excuse to entertain other diners by constructing tableside string-theory models. Nibblers can carry out a portable mouth-filler, such as the meatball, chicken, or italian sub sandwiches ($7.95/lunch, $8.95/dinner), or seek refuge from constricting cubicles and ferocious office food fights by dining in or grabbing a seat at one of the eatery's seasonal outdoor tables.
Eight Yahoo! Travelers give Butch's Italian Cafe an average of four stars, eight Citysearchers give it an average of 3.5 stars, and six TripAdvisors give the restaurant an average of three stars. Reviews are mixed on the food, but reviewers appreciate the friendly atmosphere.
Butch's Italian Cafe
Butch's dedicated chefs build each of their Italian dishes from scratch, flavoring meats and pastas with sauces and dressings made fresh daily. They crown breaded chicken parmigiana with marinara, mozzarella, and grilled mushrooms, and they ladle crimson meat sauce over penne with grilled shrimp. In the dining room, marigold walls surround tables weighed down by thick cuts of lasagna, and a shiny, mocha-hued floor yields a mirrored reflection.