Pasta is known as the convertible of foods, as it is most appealing when bright red and cheesy. Let your top down with today's Groupon for Italian comestibles at Carmelo's, located across the street from the Macalester Football Field in St. Paul. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner fare (served after 5 p.m., Monday–Saturday).
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch fare (served 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday–Friday).
The masterful mealsmiths of Carmelo's prioritize the production of savory pastas and traditional Italian dishes, unfurling their tablecloths in a simple green- and eggshell-painted dining space. Like a DJ passing down his mother's heirloom beats, Carmelo's dishes spring from the owner's patriarchal fount of marinara and are all handmade from scratch. Start off dinner with an appetizer such as crab-stuffed crimini mushrooms, baked in a blanket of asiago ($7.50), and swiftly move on to pasta or entree options. The ravioli Carmelo allows pillows of prosciutto, fresh basil, and ricotta cheese to sail boldly in an alfredo-sauce sea strewn with toasted-walnut dinghies ($13.95). A platform of roasted veggies and angel-hair pasta holds the chicken Carmelo, the lightly breaded signature entree that speaks its mind to an audience of fresh crab, parmesan, and a lemon cream sauce ($16.50). The lunch menu offers lighter fare, including a saucy chicken and broccoli in rich alfredo ($8.50), or the primavera, whose garden veggies prance on a fettuccini stage of marinara, aglio olio, or alfredo sauce ($7.95).
Diners can find their meal a spiritual match on the extensive wine list (bottles $18–$30, glasses $4.50–$6.50) while enjoying Carmelo's laid-back neighborhood atmosphere. Located adjacent to Macalester College, Carmelo's is supplied with a convenient parking lot across the road, where all the chickens are.