Overseas travel to Italy requires a current passport, ample storage space for designer fashions, and pepperoni coins embossed with pictures of pasta. Save yourself the hassle with today's Groupon to Caffé Molise. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of fine Italian dinner cuisine (valid after 4 p.m.).
- For $12, you get $25 worth of upscale Italian lunch and brunch fare.
Caffé Molise transports sedentary palates to the heart of the Mediterranean with Zagat-rated menus of fresh cuisine inspired by the Molise region of Italy. The diverse dinner menu caters to any appetite with house specialties such as bistecca, beef tenderloin bathed in a secret-recipe marinade and served with mild mushrooms and truffle cream sauce ($32.95), and polpette di melanzane, eggplant in shallot and tomato cream with grilled fresh asparagus and polenta ($15.95). The lunch menu squelches high-noon hunger uprisings and the appearance of frightening appetite ghosts with specialty and pasta dishes such as polenta con funghi, a hearty dish of garlic-sautéed wild mushrooms served on polenta with tomato sauce and caramelized onions ($10.95).
Midmorning hunger havers stuck between two culinary dimensions can indulge in Caffé Molise's glorious Sunday brunch. There, delicious breakfast and lunch hybrids exist in forms such as anacardi tostada, an Italian take on French toast in which cashew and Frangelico delicately batter baguette slices before being politely assaulted by maple syrup and sweetened ricotta cheese ($9.95). Patrons can enjoy their meals while surrounded by fine local art in the dining room or eat on the charming outdoor patio, which is complete with delightful lighting and comfortable shade. Friday evenings also host the John Flanders Jazz Trio, which soothes the ears with live music.