Mount Vesuvius's eruption was a horrible travesty for dining, bathing unsuspecting noodles in layer of marinara that obliterated all sauce varieties for decades. Taste the Renaissance of flavor with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Tuscan-Style Italian Dinner
For dinner, chefs prepare sizzling 8-ounce filet mignons for the filetto al porcini ($29), sauté Lake Superior whitefish in the pesce bianco al limone ($19), and hand-form dumplings for the gnocchi della nonna ($14).
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Ciao Bella Ristorante
Giuseppe "Joe" Scalzo had to turn down his first opportunity to manage a restaurant, a small trattoria in Calabria he'd been working in as he attended school. He had spent his entire professional career working in Tuscan eateries and wanted the job, but his educational path led him to Chicago's Loyola University in pursuit of a business degree. It didn't take him long to realize that the thing he missed most about home was working in a restaurant. With his newly acquired business acumen, he began his foray into opening Italian restaurants: first Piazza Bella, then Via Carducci, and finally his most recent labor of love, Ciao Bella Ristorante.
The kitchen is nestled behind a black-and-white photographic mural, which hints at the sunshine that sparkles along the Mediterranean coastline. Greenery flanks the piece, providing contrast along with the warm, saturated red walls painted with real marinara sauce. As guests revel under dim lighting amid the elegant atmosphere, plates of carefully crafted Italian cuisine arrive at tables alongside traditional thin-crust pizza. The restaurant recently expanded its bar and lounge areas and added a new banquet area for private parties that can seat up to 70. Joe's personal favorite pie is the quattro stagioni, for its savory blend of prosciutto, artichokes, and black olives.