Subsisting on fresh, seasonal produce gives one a greater appreciation for where their food comes from than laboring over an exhaustive genealogy of the backyard tomato plant. Savor the story of naturally delicious food with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of seasonal, Italian-inspired dinner cuisine and drinks at Carnegie's in Greenfield. Dinner hours are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday.
Carnegie's menu entices appetites with a tasty carousel of seasonally rotating steaks and seafood prepared with locally sourced vegetables and a Northern Italian flair. The lentil-stuffed romaine hearts of the Insalata Toscana beckon taste buds in a dressing of shaved parmesan and balsamic honey vinaigrette ($7). Fresh seafood, such as the cedar-planked salmon, served with a buttery sauce and roasted tomato ($24), swarms incisors with underwater flavors, and 16-ounce rib-eye steaks appear for a tussle with hunger, buttressed by a twice-baked potato and sautéed vegetables ($36). Keeping dinner parties lively, selections from the restaurant's robust wine or beer lists wash down entrees and unbeknownst mashed-potato-buried engagement rings.
Carnegie's occupies the space of the stately, historic Carnegie Library, entrancing diners with accents of varnished hardwood, soft-light chandeliers, and seating arranged according to the Dewey decimal system.
Don't confuse the concise dinner menu at Carnegie's Restaurant with uninventiveness. It's actually the result of a dedication to locally sourced herbs and veggies, which the culinary team relies on to craft seasonally changing dishes. Many of these burst with northern Italian flavors, from pork tenderloin roasted in a marsala wine sauce to tiger shrimp and linguini tossed with a tomato cream sauce.
Plenty of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as craft beers, complement feasts unfolding inside the historic Carnegie Library, where varnished hardwoods and chandeliers lend a stately feel to dinners. When weather permits, diners can even head outside to a romantic garden patio whose Venus fly traps are trained not to touch your steak.