Italy is the fashion capital of the world, credited for its creation of spaghetti-strap dresses, the tube top, and the first building that's too cool to stand up straight. Taste the latest trends with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Italian cuisine and drinks at Cesare at the Beach in Clearwater Beach.
Cesare at the Beach’s culinary muses channel founder Cesare Tini’s familial traditions of northern Italian cooking through a menu brimming with traditional dishes, served indoors or on an outdoor patio. Start meals with a glorious Italian sunrise of eggplant rollatini, with spools of ricotta and mascarpone cheeses swimming in rays of tomato sauce ($12). Post-antipasti banter leads to tongues twisted around spaghetti alla carbonara, whose plate of creamy riches includes italian prosciutto, parmesan cheese, and a treasure map illustrated with noodles ($19). Patrons admire the surf-and-turf charms of the Italian coast with the caper-laced flavors of the salmone norvegese ($23), or embrace the croons of veal Frank Sinatra and his saucy cronies of chopped scallops, shrimp, and crab meat ($26). Sugary serenades end meals on a sweet note, with the homemade crème brûlée's hardened caramel exterior providing karate-trained spoons a surface to punch through ($7).
Cesare's at the Beach
Cesare Tini grew up in Rimini, Italy, where his family of restaurateurs slowly conditioned his brain with their culinary secrets. When he departed for America, he packed a stack of his clan's perfected recipes, which he eventually parlayed into a hearty menu for his eatery in Clearwater Beach.
Cesare's at the Beach's house-made pastas include fettuccine, lasagna, and crabmeat-stuffed ravioli, which arrive at tables draped in sauces such as creamy béchamel, white wine, and marinara. Veal, chicken, beef tenderloin, and sea scallops also fight for the spotlight, making the dinner menu a suitable metaphor for junior-prom court. A lengthy wine selection washes down savory bites before handcrafted tiramisu, crème brûlée, and cannoli brush tongues with Italian sweetness. All of these menu items helped Cesare's at the Beach receive TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence" in 2012–2014.
794 S Gulfview Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767