When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare at Café Bionda, located south of the Loop. This Groupon is also valid for redemption at Bionda To Go, located at 400 South Financial Place.
Café Bionda dishes out a menu of authentic Italian favorites from a kitchen helmed by Rosebud Restaurants veteran Joe Farina. Fight off pre-dinner hunger muggings, or huggings, with antipasti such as the fresh East Coast mussels, which come with either spicy tomato or garlic-parsley white-wine sauce ($12), or the eggplant rotolo, which combines ricotta-stuffed eggplant with marinara and mozzarella ($8). Great-grandmothers and mediocre grandmothers alike go gaga for Nanna's gravy, a partnership of pot roast, rigatoni, and tomato sauce ($18 dinner, $14 lunch), and carnivoyeurs might be partial to the meatball, sausage, and veal braciole team represented on the Sunday platter ($21). A lunch menu is somewhat slimmer than the dinner version on antipasti and entrees but adds a selection of sandwiches, including bread-bound wonders such as a red pepper, green pepper, and scrambled eggs sandwich on French bread ($10) and an Italian submarine ($10) firing torpedoes of flavor. Wash down the cuisine with a selection from Café Bionda's extensive wine list.
Café Bionda gives guests all the savory sensations of Italy without the mothballed odor of musty historical ruins, and sister restaurant Bionda To Go pairs the same authenticity with the convenience of portability—ideal for gondoliers grabbing grub in between forward strokes. Stop by the schedule-friendly sandwich shop for items such as the caprese salad with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil ($10) and the steak parmesan sandwich with homemade marinara ($10). Or go with favorites such as the Italian beef ($7.50), Italian sausage ($7), or a decision-eliminating beef-and-sausage combo ($8.25).
Dine-in only at Café Bionda.
- Cafe Bionda was a little jewel of a restaurant. Cozy and what you would think an old world italian [sic] eatery would be like. I went twice in one week and I'm an Italian from Boston. – AnnaT2260, Zagat
- Delicious food in a town where the competition is stiff! Enjoyed every morsel! – OpenTable user who dined on 05/21/10, OpenTable