Pioneering Italians were not only the first to cook using tomatoes, 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 to Cafe Centro in West Palm Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of northern Italian fare during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of northern Italian fare during lunch.
The red-sauce artisans of Cafe Centro transport tongues to northern Italy with a menu of homemade pastas, fresh seafood, and crispy gourmet pizzas favorably featured in the Palm Beach Post. Practice tongue-braiding skills with the fettuccine d'aragosta ($19.95), al dente ribbons tangled with lobster and leeks in a brandy-cream sauce. The branzino, a whole grilled sea bass, arrives fresh from Italy ($22.95), and the free-range chicken in a honey-mustard glaze climbs as contentedly as Popeye into a bed of garlicky spinach ($16.95). A quintet of thin-crust pizza selections includes the classic margherita ($11.95) and the con salsiccia e cipolla ($13.50) dotted with sweet italian sausage and vidalia onions.
Crystalline chandeliers dangle from Cafe Centro's ceilings, allowing the exposed-brick dining room to flaunt its edginess while remaining firmly planted in luxury, like a performance-art major with a trust fund. Ears listen in to the flirtations between fingers and ivories at the piano bar, and blushing lips can retire with a cup of italian espresso to the verdant patio. During dinner, guests can pull up for free valet parking.
Aromas of roasted garlic and basil waft from the warm ovens at Cafe Centro as chefs prepare a menu of Northern Italian seafood specialties. Beneath the dining area's rustic timber ceiling, servers deliver plates of fettuccine crowned with lobster and brandy cream sauce or fillets of grilled salmon, yellowtail snapper, and branzino. Other dishes include crusty calzones with soft, melting interiors and housemade desserts such as tiramisu. Wrought-iron chandeliers cast a warm glow over racks of bottles filled with fine wines and rolled parchment notes from the pirate who lives in the cellar.