The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwing arm with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Italian fare and drinks at The Cherry Tomato.
The Cherry Tomato leads taste tours of Italy via a menu of fine wines, hearty meat dishes, and customizable pasta platters. Guests can honor an Italian cultural heavyweight with the caper-filled beef carpaccio, named for Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio ($8.95), and then celebrate Winston Churchill’s fashion flair with bow-tie pasta. Meat lasagna bakes beef into a hearty pasta bundle filled with homemade marinara ($10.95). Heat-seeking taste buds backstroke through linguine waves in fiery arrabiata moats ($10.95). Order the pasta puttanesca alla famiglia to share communal tureens of garlic-kissed tomatoes and pesto-pawed kalamata olives ($11.95). Naked potato gnocchi get gussied up with meaty bolognese boas, creamy alfredo gowns, or savory butter-and-herb onesies. The color scheme of the pasta felese evokes patriotism, its white chicken melding with green peas and red tomatoes to create an edible Italian flag on an uncharted plate island ($11.95).
An extensive wine list contains selections from all corners of Italy, from the historic streets of Rome to the sunny shores of Sardinia. Diners can cleanse their palates with a bubbly prosecco from the northeast ($8/glass), then venture south with a red Monte Antico from Tuscany ($6/glass). A bottle of Feudo Arancio syrah whisks entire tables to Sicily ($26), and the Folonari pinot grigio makes shy tongues blush with its ribald jokes and bold hue ($6/glass).