Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's Groupon to Caffé Gelato, on East Main Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Northern Italian cuisine and drinks during dinner.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of Northern Italian cuisine and drinks during lunch.
In addition to its namesake confection, Caffé Gelato serves a dinner menu of Northern Italian cuisine, which includes seafood, meats, and pasta. A rack of roasted lamb marinates in mint and arrives with mint pesto, sautéed vegetables, and buttermilk mashed potatoes ($28). The poppy-seed encrusted tuna borrows your morning muffin's accessories to craft a crunchy cloak, and comes with butter-braised artichokes ($27).
More than 100 varieties of vino make their home in Caffé's wine cellar. Sip a glass of Rancho Zabaco zinfandel ($7.50) or MacMurray Ranch pinot noir ($8.50), both from Sonoma. Caramelized-banana gelato ($4.49 for two scoops) proves humans’ refined superiority over monkey ancestors; 24 flavors, which also include chocolate-hazelnut, cappuccino, and tiramisu, are on-hand all day.
The lunch menu includes an array of paninis served on freshly baked focaccia, seasoned with salt and rosemary. Feast on the caprese, packed with fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and basil-infused olive oil ($8.75, or $10.75 with ham). Shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari convene in a sea of white-wine sauce and linguini in the frutti di mare pasta ($19). Those craving a lighter lunch can select a cup of pasta e fagioli soup with pancetta, cannellini beans, and ditalini pasta ($4).
Reservations are required, and can be made online.
Caffe Gelato quenches appetites with Northern Italian, as well as French- and Mediterranean-inspired fare, house-made gelato, and vino from a 1,500-bottle cellar, all of which has amassed the restaurant an impressive collection of praise and awards from the likes of Delaware Today and Wine Spectator. Meats such as filet mignon and prosciutto-wrapped veal appear alongside a rotating collection of seafood entrees, such as pan-seared scallops, truffle maple-roasted salmon, and local line-caught rockfish. House-made pappardelle and linguini pastas entangle ingredients ranging from littleneck clams to lump crab to roasted organic chicken. Twenty-four rotating flavors of gelato are crafted on the restaurant’s premises, delighting tongues with flavors like chocolate-hazelnut, creme brulee toffee, and carmel cashew crunch. Sommeliers strap on their headlamps and crampons to belay into the caverns of the restaurant’s opulent wine cellar, where more than 150 varietals nestle in bottles.
Half-moon booths welcome companionable groups among sunny yellow-and-red-orange walls in the dining room, and the gleam of a granite bar lets tipplers imbibe in style.
90 E Main St.
Newark, Delaware 19711Get Directions