The models for muscular Italian sculptures toned their physiques by lifting barbells bookended with hefty meatballs and repelling into the Coliseum on ropes of braided noodles. Embrace the culinary might of Italy with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare at Ciao Amore Italian Ristorante.
Ciao Amore's chefs pile its menu with house-made pastas soaking in italian sauces. The gnocchi ripieno envelops a gooey mélange of asiago, pesto, and ricotta and swims, like ancient Italian Olympians, in a creamy spinach and parmigiano sauce ($17.95). In the petti di pollo porcini, chicken breast sautés in a porcini mushroom wine sauce before sharing a plate with cheese ravioli ($18.95). Chefs prepare the ossobuco authentico beef shanks in ragú with tomatoes imported from Bacchus's victory garden, and accompany it with a side of pasta ($22.95). Desserts, including spumoni and tiramisu, add fluffy sweetness to saucy meals ($5.50).
An exposed brick wall wears artwork from local artists, illuminated by blue lights dangles from the ceiling. Crisp white linens outfit the tables that speckle sleek hardwood floors.
1134 W 18th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60608