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 drinks at Cinelli's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Choose between two locations: Cinelli's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Raleigh and 604 West Morgan Featuring Cinelli’s in Durham.
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 small, $16.95 medium, $22.95 large) woos pie lovers and exiled goddesses with a sultry Mediterranean mashup 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 jalapenos ($0.75–$3.50 each). Indulge a refined palate or a picky stuffed animal with specialty dishes such as the savory, piquant chicken scarpariello ($12.95 lunch, $16.95 dinner).
Or visit the Durham location, where 604 West Morgan's culinary construction crew presents patrons with a menu of elegant Italian eats. The rigatoni-bolognese entree ($10.95–$14.95) dresses up fresh pasta with a creamy meat sauce before auditioning to be eaten by famous fashion designers. The penne rustico ($11.95–$15.95) tosses cylinders with grilled chicken, spinach and roasted peppers with a parmesan cream sauce for a rustic delicacy. Gourmet pizza such as the Bronx bomber ($22.95 for a large) blazes through open mouths. Open-air, natural-wood patio seating allows guests to dine both al dente and alfresco as Al Pacino does wind sprints nearby.
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.