Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bathtime visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of Italian fare at Ciao Bella.
Ciao Bella's Chef Gambino and family turn fresh vegetables and succulent meats into hearty Italian feasts, populating a lengthy menu with a spectrum of creations from northern and southern Italy. Tasters can board comestible cruises with a plateful of clams casino ($7) crowned with flame-kissed peppers, crisp bacon, and breadcrumbs imported from Las Vegas and shaped like poker chips. Eggplant parmesan ($14) leads a parade of 11 homemade pasta entrees, including penne puttanesca ($14) sheathed in a bold-flavored marinara sauce and topped with kalamata olives and anchovies. Flaky mahi mahi ($22) swims through a white-wine sauté to the shores of a creamy risotto—one of eight seafood feasts—and a succulent cut of steak weighs in at 12 ounces before the chef grills or sears it over candlelight to create the steak pizzaiola ($22).
Inside Ciao Bella, earth-toned walls, hardwood floors, and rustic décor envelop feasters in elegant Italian ambiance. Portraits of the owner’s children hang from the walls as a constant reminder of the importance of family and verifying that walls are not literally made of paper before buying a building.