What You'll Get
When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you will receive unlimited brunch for two (a $30 value) at Cannoli Joe's, a classic Italian restaurant just off US Highway 290 West.
Every weekend, Cannoli Joe's serves a menu of tooth-tickling Italian brunch dishes in a buffet style from numerous stations that have been arranged to resemble a strada of authentic Italian street merchants. As you duck through a forest of wildly gesticulating hands and endure the endless declarations of love by organic, free-range Italians on Vespas, you'll get to browse brunchtastic creations such as baked fontina, eggs strata, and poached eggs florentina. Decisive DIYers can visit the custom omelet bar, while more patrician palates can luxuriate in Rome's culinary conquests with French toast and Belgian waffles. Cannoli Joe's regular lunch line-up will also be on display, including the flawlessly spiced lasagna bolognese, perfectly parmed eggplant parmesan, chicken marsala, and spaghetti pomodoro. The menu also includes a piazza's worth of pizza flavors, along with authentic Italian meatballs and Sicilian-spiced rotisserie chicken. More than 70 succulent comestibles can be matchmade with an empty plate at any given time and cover every dining stage from antipasto to propasto to dessert—a word that can only be pluralized in Italian by combining Frangelico bread pudding with cheesecake and cannoli.
Cannoli Joe's sections its dining areas into individually styled temples of Italianate splendor, with gossipy grape vines adorning the ceiling in one room and frescos of famous Italian sights and Nintendo characters lining another. The brick facades and brightly colored walls make conversation flow like flop-sweat from a prop comic, so invite along a statue soulmate and try to get it to open up about itself with a boisterous brunch at Cannoli Joe's.
This Groupon may only be used at Saturday and Sunday brunches from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and is not valid for alcohol.
Cannoli Joe's received positive reviews from the Austin Chronicle and the blog Dining Out with Rob Balon. Nearly 80 Yelpers give it an average of three stars, and Citysearchers give it a four-star average:
- If you're thinking Cannoli Joe's is a typical buffet, you couldn't be more wrong. It's a dizzying array of fresh Italian food cooked in small batches, presented in a really comfortable and artistically unique space. – Mick Vann, Austin Chronicle
- Cannoli Joe's has continued to innovate, to experiment, and to make sure that there are always new dishes to be considered and appreciated. – Rob Balon, Dining Out with Rob Balon
- I eat here quite a lot now and don't really appreciate how good we have it until an outsider comes in and raves about it. – Paul L., Yelp
- The place reminds me of a cruise or a really great Vegas casino. Definitely check it out. – JAlbrecht, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 10, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Valid only for brunch. Not valid toward alcohol. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.