Music has been shown to aid digestion, but proper table manners dictate you should outsource the singing while you chew. Experience food and tunes, both done by the pros, with today’s Groupon: $40 of Italian cuisine and drinks for $20 at restaurant and music venue Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre.
Cafe 322's homey atmosphere and fare will remind you of your Italian grandmother’s dinner table. Try a different lasagna each day ($10.95) with the lasagna de la casa, or opt for the sophisticated mélange of flavors in the fettuccini di spinaci e salsiccia with fresh spinach, Italian sausage, and fresh garlic sautéed in olive oil ($11.95). Cafe 322 also serves up some tasty meatier dishes, such as braised lamb shanks, slow braised so they fall off the bone and directly into that place in your heart reserved for mom, America, and lamb ($14.95). Smaller plates include salads, sandwiches, grilled panini, and burgers. Stars of the gourmet pizza menu include the quatro formaggio (layered with fontina, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan cheeses, $11.95) and the flavorful grilled chicken pesto ($13.95).
While feasting on Italian cuisine, Cafe 322 will treat you to live jazz, blues, rock, opera, or MMA income tax–policy debates. Named one of the top jazz bars in 2009 by Pasadena Weekly, Cafe 322's customers say it brings immeasurable value to the community—all wrapped up in the warmth and delicious aromas of a classic, Italian kitchen. Check the show calendar for upcoming performances—an eclectic array of jazz vocalists, punk-rock video, opera, singer-songwriters, rock art, big bands, and more. You can plan your evening out according to what’s playing, or take a spin on the random wheel of entertainment.