Prior to pasta, forks would grasp with desperate tines at bowlfuls of marinara, emerging with splattered egos and shameful drip-to-delivery ratios. Wrap your silverware in tangible taste with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian and Mexican cuisine at Casa Capelli in Ashtabula.
The chefs at Casa Capelli dice and dish authentic Italian and Mexican entrees beneath the arched stained-glass ceiling that housed Farmer's National Bank more than a century ago. Explorative eaters can determine their dining destinies from an extensive menu which, like the fridge in the United Nations break room, includes pasta, seafood, Mexican, and grilled fare. Twirl delicate angel hair in varieties such as piccatas, florentines, or chardonnays ($15.99–17.99). Venture south with Casa Capelli's Mexican meals, such as sizzling vegetarian or carnivore-friendly fajitas ($12.99–$17.99) or the pollo de la casa, the restaurant's Mexican specialty, a blackened chicken breast topped with fried vegetables, green onions, tortilla chips, and a weatherproof roof seal coated with melted monterey jack and cheddar cheeses ($15.99).
Brilliant chandeliers hang in Casa Capelli's elegant interior, which is lined with lush and nonsentient greenery. Alexandra and Oscar Tomasio preserved much of the former bank's historic interior, converting a vault to a private dining area where parched patrons can sip margaritas ($6.99−$8.99) or wine ($4.79−$5.99 per glass) surrounded by 18-foot-thick metal walls, which once secured valuables, cash, and secret recipes for combination-lock cobbler.