Give a man a noodle and you'll feed him for a day, but teach a man to noodle and he'll be arrested in most states. Defray pasta-based misdemeanor hunger with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare from Ciao Amicis in Brighton.
The chefs at Ciao Amicis pack their menu with a long list of Italian favorites, including hearty pastas, homestyle entrees, and an expansive wine list. Pasta Da Vinci ($21.99) takes wine-sautéed seafood and lightly coats it in palomino sauce before using it to power a complex flying machine. Climbing diners can scale mountains of cheesy eggplant parmesan ($14.99), taking care not to cause disastrous capellini-pasta avalanches or marinara runoffs. Practice standard chomping motions on traditional Italian delicacies such as veal piccata sautéed with capers ($21) or chicken marsala with mushrooms and wine sauce ($15.99). A hit at any dinner party, creamy risotto ($16.99) entertains with chicken, veggies, and the ability to belt out velvety opera tunes at will. The wine lineup lubricates lips with a range of fine imported and domesticated wines, including such potables as Italian Querceto chianti classico ($8/glass, $32/bottle), The Crossing sauvignon blanc ($8/glass, $30/bottle), and Oak Vineyards chardonnay ($7/glass, $28/bottle).
Garnished with ornate decorations and festive paintings, the interior of Ciao Amicis mimics an old-world Italian family eatery. The restaurant also employs patio seating, perfect for enjoying a warm night or simulating a real outdoors.
Ciao Amici's abides by a very simple philosophy: “Mangia Bene,” which means "Eat Well" in Italian. Chefs take this motto to heart, constructing cheesy pizzas and fresh pastas, along with ladling delicate cream and wine sauces ever so gently over meat and fish dishes. A matrix of spotlights casts light on the sizable space, highlighting tables as diners share slices and sip selections from the more than 20 wines offered on the wine list, which has earned a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. After climbing up the red tapestries that hang from the high, peach ceilings, you can question servers about throwing a gala in the banquet facility.