Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef’s word for “water” is “salt.” Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon to Christine’s Restaurant in Yardley. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet Italian fare, valid any day of the week.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet Italian fare, valid Sunday–Friday.<p>
Thick carpeting, marbleized walls, and rows of pillars form a fittingly classical setting for the continental-leaning Italian fare of chef James Armetta. Steak, seafood, and Mediterranean specialties populate the dinner menu, including chicken monterosa, which forms a tableau of Italian pride with green spinach, roasted red peppers, and 50 white mashed-potato stars ($19). The flat iron steak au poivre rolls in peppercorn and cools down from the grill in a brandy cream sauce ($22), and the grilled vegetarian platter introduces eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and portobellos with drizzles of pesto and marinara ($18). Exotically improved pasta classics include the fettuccine amatriciana, tossed in traditional sauce with pancetta, red onions, and grated pecorino romano cheese ($16), and lobster-crab ravioli in sherry cream sauce, piled high with lump crustacean and gate-crashed by grilled shrimp and asparagus tips ($24). The wait staff welcomes brought-from-home beverages and gum pairings to the stately tables.
White columns, tapestries, and venetian blinds bespeak both American hominess and Italian tradition at Christine’s Restaurant. Under the house's a-frame roof, Chef James Armetta prepares cuts of eggplant, veal, and chicken in the style of parmigiana or of Picasso's Dinner Period. Patrons bring their own beverages for lunch or dinner as they tuck into seafood, steak, pasta, and burgers. While Chef Armetta prides himself on his traditional Italian cooking, he is also given to experimenting with original creations that riff off of classic plates.
385 Oxford Valley Road
Yardley, Pennsylvania 19067