Aside from pairing well with pasta, marinara sauce provides countless jobs each year to tomatoes that would otherwise fall in with bad crowds and wind up pelting failing comedians. Support tomato outreach with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a four-course Italian dinner for two at Carmello’s (up to a $97.50 value), located in Manassas. The four courses include:
• Two appetizers (up to a $9 value each)
• Two choices of soup or salad (up to a $6 value each)
• Any two entrees (up to a $27 value each)
• Any two desserts (up to a $6.75 value each)
Carmello’s sings a siren song to taste buds with a menu loaded with traditional and modern dishes from northern Italy and Portugal. Pairs of patrons can kick-start their romantic or platonic bond-reinforcing feasts with 15 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact over an appetizer such as the mini beef wellington, delicately wrapped puff pastries filled with filet mignon, shiitake mushrooms, and garlic butter. After practicing utensil techniques on separate servings of soup or salad, diners can move onto bigger bites with entrees including arroz de marisco, a traditional Portuguese rice casserole studded with seafood including clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops. A familiar dish takes on exotic flavors with the lombo de vaca, a succulent filet mignon glazed in an unusual and delectable combination of port wine and espresso bean, and desserts, such as the mascarpone mousse and italian bomba, can appease a sweet tooth threatening to leave the mouth for the sweet-tempered pancreas.
Located in Old Town Manassas, Carmello's houses patrons in a luxurious dining area with a sleekly contrasting color scheme and exposed brick walls. Diners can enjoy live entertainment and sample the cuisine at a communal round table, in a private booth, or take advantage of the outdoor seating area to enjoy a pleasant breeze on their faces or flapping through their elongated earlobes.
9108 Center St.
Manassas, Virginia 20110