The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Today's Groupon employs delicious Italian cuisine to cut down on unfinished business: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Cantina 71, located in Miami Beach.
Cantina 71 fork-twirls a refined menu of traditional Italian cuisine in a modern-style environment, preparing the majority of its homemade pasta and savory dishes with organic ingredients. Start by getting tentacle tongue-tied with calamari fritti ($9.95) before moving on to the skirt steak, dressed with Italian salsa verde and edible scraps of fashion ($16.95). Field-tripping school children should be instructed not to tap on bellies that have been converted into culinary aquariums by the zesty seafood-swarmed dishes, such as grouper al finnochi (market price) and pasta alfredo with shrimp ($13.95). A taste for Italian spuds is supported by the tomato, basil, and mozzarella-soaked potato dumplings of gnocchi alla sorrentina ($13.95). A cascade of wine quenches parched Bacchae, and those looking to harbor health can try the many all-wheat pastas available daily.
Cantina 71 embraces diners in a luminously chic atmosphere, greeting them with twinkling lights and radiant overhanging lanterns. Quaint outdoor dining livens meals with gentle Atlantic breezes and spaghetti nests built by meatball-laying ibises.
Each day at Cantina 71, chef Luca Laborante rolls out batches of housemade linguine, gnocchi, and ravioli, garnishing them with organic vegetables and sousing them with the eatery's own sauces. In addition to crafting a dozen hearty pasta dishes, chefs crown veal with sage butter sauce and cured Italian prosciutto and fry up fresh batches of calamari. Guests can enjoy their meal or romantic staring contests inside amid hanging lanterns and polished stone floors, or they can retreat to the patio, where strings of twinkling lights illuminate a sloped awning.