When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Cinelli's Pizzeria & Restaurant.
In Raleigh, the family of dough tossers within Cinelli's Pizzeria & Restaurant's vibrantly painted walls cooks up a diverse menu of traditional, deftly presented Italian dishes. The Greek Aphrodite pizza ($10.95 for a small, $16.95 for a medium, $22.95 for a large) woos pie lovers and exiled goddesses with a sultry mediterranean mash-up of grilled chicken, pesto, olives, and feta, and the thick-crust sicilian ($11.95) is easily customizable with gourmet toppings, including portobello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and jalapeños ($0.75–$3.50 each). Guests can indulge refined palates or picky stuffed animals with more than a dozen pastas, including meaty pasta bolognese ($8.95 for lunch, $12.95 for dinner), or specialty dishes such as the chicken scarpariello with italian sausage, potatoes, roasted peppers, and lemon-wine sauce ($12.95 for lunch, $16.95 for dinner).
Cinelli's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
The cooks at Cinelli's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria craft New York-inspired classic and modern Italian entrees, including tilapia encrusted with crabmeat, filet gorgonzola, tortellaci—a homemade beef and veal dumpling—in a wild-mushroom ragout with truffle oil, and a goat-cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom topped with arugula, fire-roasted peppers, and balsamic reduction. Their success has allowed them to spread across multiple locations, each of which also serves New-York-style pizza.