Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of bistro fare and deli items at Cascio's Market Bistro in Bossier City.
Cascio's Market Bistro fuses Italian ingredients with American-culinary tastes, combining dining and catering services with a market of fresh goods. Dine-in guests peruse a menu of delectable, panini-style sandwiches, such as the panini with seared-chicken breast balanced atop roma tomatoes, feta and provolone cheese ($7.99), or the grilled eggplant smothered in fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, tomatoes, and marinated artichokes ($7.99). Market-fresh ingredients like the parmigiano reggiano ($14.99/lb.) and piccolo prosciutto ($8.99/lb.) allow gourmands to recreate the eats at home or lure epicurean friends over for a surprise food fight. Mass-feeding catering dishes sate the stomachs of 16–20 people, including the penne with Cascio's italian sausage ($40) and the homemade lasagna ($59.95), while a dessert platter of cannoli ($25/dozen) rewards sweet teeth.
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Cascio's Market Bistro
Grab a stool at the long counter inside Cascio's Market Bistro, then close your eyes. In that moment, you're no longer in Bossier City, Louisiana. The casual restaurant's dining room fills with aromas that can't be pinned to a map: a fusion of Italian ingredients, cajun spices, and down-home American cooking.
Take the Reuben panini for example, which comes with sweet potato fries and a shaker of cajun seasonings. The meatball po' boy, on the other hand, combines the best of Louisiana and Italy. For more traditional flavors, try the homemade lasagna, plus some cannoli or gelato for dessert. Diners can even learn recipes for themselves without hiding a tape recorder in the soup—the bistro has its own supply of communal cookbooks.