The far-reaching popularity of pasta extends across professional lines, from a seamstress darning socks with vermicelli to a neurosurgeon replacing the medulla oblongata with a wad of spaghetti. Celebrate this multifaceted foodstuff with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at caffe De Luca in Bucktown.
Caffe De Luca's diverse menu of Italian fare spins homemade pastries, paninis, pizzas, and pastas alongside tasty vintages and custom-designed coffee concoctions. The focaccia-flanked pollo piccante, with grilled chicken, red onion, giardiniera, herb aioli, and smoked mozzarella ($11), stands to attention next to sweet and savory breakfasts on the all-day menu sided by fresh fruit, mixed greens, chips, or fries.
Leafy salads, pastas, and pizzas populate caffe De Luca's dinner eats, as intrepid teeth venture into the veggie forests of the Torino pizza, encountering artichoke outlaws and their cavalry of roasted red peppers, garlic, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce ($13). Baked rigatoni seals pomodoro sauce and meatballs under a matrimonial veil of mozzarella cheese ($14) as a pasta prelude to sweet tiramisu ($7).
Grape guzzlers can thank Dionysus for half-priced wine bottles on Thursdays and drink specials such as $6 martinis on Fridays and Saturdays. Cozy up with a tipple amid the warmth of glowing glass lamps and racks of wine, or down a double-espresso rocket shot ($2.75) and run laps around caffe De Luca's outdoor patio.