Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Savor a foreign land the traditional way with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian comfort fare at Ciro's Italian Grill.
Built on a foundation of family recipes constructed more than a century ago, Ciro's Italian Grill furnishes its menu with traditional Tuscan, Sicilian, and southern Italian meals. Wood-fired pizzas and calzones go from paddle to plate with melty specimens such as puttanesca ($9.95), which buries black olives, artichokes, and capers under an avalanche of mozzarella. Italy and the American southwest converge in the penne Covarrubias ($12.75–$14.95), which drenches pasta and sautéed crawfish in a tasty southwestern sauce, and the Laurel Ann entree ($19.50), which strings together veal medallions and grilled, bacon-wrapped shrimp, pairing them with sun-dried tomatoes and moon-dried dijon mustard sauce. Ciro's stretches its menu with a flexible build-your-own pasta selection ($7.25+), which pulls possibilities from eight pastas, eight sauces, and two meats. The eatery also rewards weekend visitors with an omelet-, frittata-, and sausage-stuffed brunch menu.
The dining room at Ciro's is familiarly strewn with red- and white-checked tablecloths, which double as practice space for dedicated cruciverbalists. Cigars are available for puffing on the outdoor patio, where a bubbly fountain flanks a sandy bocce-ball court like the geyser at the end of every Olympic long-jump pit.
Ciro's Italian Grill
The open kitchen at Ciro's Italian Grill lets visitors observe the chefs as they craft dishes from the recipes of Sicily, Tuscany, and Southern Italy. Using a wood-burning oven imported from Italy, the chefs fire both traditional and innovative pizzas while deftly tossing pastas and building rustic entrees. For especially health-conscious diners, they curate a heart-healthy menu that features nutritional information for each option.
Servers complement the Italian cuisine with a selection of Italian and international wines from the full bar. Guests enjoy the food and drinks inside the dining room or on an outdoor patio, where they can play traditional games of bocce ball—a game that actually made it over to the United States from Italy, unlike Pin the Tail on the Mona Lisa. Guests on the patio can also indulge in cigars from Ciro's own cigar selection.