A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $49, you get an Italian dinner for two at Cafe Capriccio Ristorante in Port Washington (up to a $112 value). Diners get to choose the following items from the dinner menu: two salads (a $15.90 value), two entrees (up to a $65.90 value), two glasses of house wine (a $17.90 value), and two desserts (an $11.90 value). Today’s deal is not valid for lunch or prix fixe menus.
The newest incarnation of the Capriccio Family Style Restaurant, Cafe Capriccio builds a menu of Italian classics from chef Elio Sobrero’s library of Old World recipes. The fresh endives and crunchy fennel of the Bianca salad ($7.95) go skinny-dipping in extra-virgin olive oil before house wine ($8.95/glass) unfurls a red carpet for a procession of savory flavors. Rather than perplex grumbling bellies with unrehearsed showtunes, diners can please them with a hearty veal capriccio, which arrives steeped in truffle sauce along with prosciutto and mozzarella ($19.95). Like fairy-tale heroines, linguine vongole’s clam sauce ($17.95) comes in a choice of rose red or snow white. Finish the meal with a treat such as the Four Seasons chocolate velvet cake or white-chocolate mousse ($5.95 each).