Italy has a long history of fine craftsmanship, transforming tomatoes into sauces, pigments into masterpieces, and peninsulas into fashionable footwear. Celebrate the artistry of the boot with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian dinner fare and wine at Casa Mia Café in Tavares.
At Casa Mia Café, a 35-year veteran chef whips up a menu of traditional dishes from the northern and southern regions of Italy. Golden fried calamari ($10.50), garlic and rosemary focaccia bread ($8), and other starters prime palates before hearty authentic entrees. In the penne boscaiola, penne pasta, mushrooms, and prosciutto bask in a pink vodka sauce ($13.50), and the linguini scampi employs a white wine sauce to loosen the tongues of identity-confused tiger shrimp, who recline on a therapeutic couch of linguini and talk about their feelings ($18.50). A selection of pizzas, from the individual margherita’s traditional pairing of fresh mozzarella and basil ($12.95) to the ambitious combination of fresh veggies, mozzarella, and kitchen sink piled atop the quattro stagioni ($13.95 for an individual-sized pizza, $18.95 for a large) delight dough-disk aficionados. Guests can finish by wrapping weary taste buds in the homemade salve of raspberry-drizzled custard with panna cotta ($5.50).
Freckled with umbrella-covered tables, the café’s outdoor patio invites patrons to relax with a glass of Italian wine ($6.50–$9.50). Inside, rustic décor and flickering candlelight coax intimate conversation from feasters’ mouths and shadow puppets from their fingers.