Much like DNA, family recipes are passed from generation to generation and can be incriminating if found at a crime scene. Acquit your taste buds with today’s Groupon to Cafe Eleganza in Pembroke. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine for two people.
- For $30, you get $70 worth of Italian cuisine for four or more people.
At Cafe Eleganza, owner TJ Pugliese oversees the creation of a menu of traditional and regionally inspired Italian cuisine reinforced with daily baked breads and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Chefs slowly roast the chicken cacciatore in a house marinara sauce alongside olives, bell peppers, and mushrooms ($12.95 for a small), and plates of handmade lobster ravioli sport a palate-pleasing sauce made from butter, sherry, and lemon ($15.99). Topped with marsala, marinara, herbs, and shredded copies of the family’s secret recipe, the veal roberto sets tender cutlets atop a pillowy pile of tagliatelle pasta ($13.99 for a small). Hand-tossed traditional or whole-wheat pizzas ($8.99+) emerge from the restaurant’s brick oven with a bevy of meaty and photosynthetic toppings.
Intimately lit by a cavalcade of hanging lamps, Cafe Eleganza’s dining room boasts such stately touches as crisp white and green tablecloths, iridescent drapes, and artfully folded napkins. The restaurant hosts live music on the weekends and open-mic nights on Thursdays, and an outdoor patio allows diners to enjoy their meals while keeping an eye out for any unscheduled satellite launches.