A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine at Caffé Pranzo.
Caffé Pranzo's friendly staff assembles lunch and dinner menus of classic pasta, seafood, brick-oven pizzas, and decadent desserts. Instead of a pool filled with legal documents, dive into a crispy starter of fried calamari swimming alongside acciughe sauce ($7.99). Then, study the meat lasagna, in which meat sauce and italian sausage write a cheesy story of mozzarella and parmesan on tender layers of pasta pages ($11.49). Build your own brick-oven pizza without the manual labor by choosing what will adorn the roof of melted cheese, or opt for a margherita pie, in which fresh mozzarella scales layers of basil and tomato ($7.49 each). For a grand finale, a mammoth chunk of cheesecake flies in from New York's Carnegie Deli on the winged backs of sky-bound taxi cabs, settling atop drizzly filigrees of raspberry purée on a plate bedecked with vanilla cream and toasted almonds ($6.49).
Many of Caffe Pranzo's customers have been dining there for well over a decade. It's the restaurant's traditional Italian menu that inspires such devotion, plating pastas, chicken, and fish sautéed in delicate wine sauce. Pizzas, too, are prepared the old-fashioned way, with dough thrown high in the air. After garnishing them with gourmet toppings such as grilled artichoke hearts, portabella mushrooms, and summer squash, the brick-oven-baked pies transport to a dining room bedecked with works by local artist Jennifer Holloway. There, guests who've finished off their meals can tuck into cheesecakes shipped from New York City's Carnegie Deli for a taste of Manhattan without the granite-y mouthfeel of biting the Empire State Building.
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9622 N May Ave.
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