Spaghetti is considered a safe pick at most Italian restaurants, though it has been known to stain shirts and strangle forks. Take note of suspicious noodles with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Fare for Dinner
Primi courses start at $8.95; secondi courses start at $11.95 and include scrod alla rosa with sautéed tomatoes and fennel in sambuca sauce ($16.95). Pizzas are sized for individuals ($5.95+) or groups ($8.50+), and include toppings such as smoked mozzarella, prosciutto, and eggplant.
Cafe Porto Bello
Native North Enders Vinnie Amato and Steve Costa opened Cafe Porto Bello to revisit the Italian cuisine of their childhoods and re-create the atmosphere of dinners with family. For more than a decade, the café's chefs have prioritized freshness by preparing every dish to order with spices blended in-house and by garnishing gourmet, hand-tossed pizzas with their own roasted red peppers. The dining room is warm and softly lit, with sturdy wooden tables and seating for up to 100. In the adjacent lounge, bartenders pour Italian and American varietals in syncopation or ragtime with live jazz sets.