The spaghetti western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of westernless spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine at Cafe Scalessa on Greenhill Avenue in the Wawaset Plaza Shopping Center. This deal is good for dinner anytime after 5 p.m. and before 1 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
Cafe Scalessa is owned by titular chef Don Scalessa, who serves up authentic Italian cuisine in a sophisticated, lively environment. After 5 p.m. is when the fun really revs up in this cabin of comestibles, as later in the evening, diners are encouraged to dance when the music kicks in and the disco lights oscillate. Opt out of jiggling wildly and alternately dig into a plateful of homemade pasta with chicken, veal, sausage, or meatballs, or take it easy and savor an appetizer of crab dip or calamari. There are plenty of options on Cafe Scalessa's dinner menu, which supports creative sides by encouraging diners to customize dishes to suit their palate and multiple forked tongues. After the hearty meal and before the float down a nearby lazy river, find time to squeeze in a homemade dessert of cannoli, tiramisu, or buttercake.
Delaware Today listed Cafe Scalessa as one of its 96 Favorites and has given it multiple Best Of Delaware awards. Four Insider Pagers give it an average of three stars, and Yelpers chime in with a four-star average.
- Neighborhood Italian isn’t supposed to be this fun. Don Scalessa and his crew make every service a party with music, dancing, great food and a warming adoration of Italian-American culture. Sunday pork with rigatoni and ricotta is a can’t-miss, as is the creamy and delicate crab dip. Meatballs at Scalessa’s are heralded across the region. – Delaware Today
- Fabulous food, wine and service! The appetizers are entree size - especially the delicious antipasto. – Gwen G., Yelp