Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon to Coral Palm Cafe in Fort Myers. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks during dinner.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks during lunch.<p>
Coral Palm Cafe’s owner and chef Quirino ‘Warren” Chiapparelli assembles signature Southern Italian dishes from both local and imported ingredients, serving platters to lilting Mediterranean tunes in an intimate dining room. Chicken, pork, or veal parmesan stews carnivorous centerpieces in hand-prepped marinara sauce ($17–$18), while the fettuccine all’ Amatriciana’s ($17) sautéed pasta ribbons swaddle bites of pancetta and prosciutto when they are not moonlighting as cummerbunds. During lunch hours, potato pancake Reuben and hot turkey po boy hero sandwiches ($11) canoodle with soup, salad, or fries. Guests can play matchmaker between meals and a roster of red and white wines, such as the Aquinas cabernet from Napa Valley ($35), then hollow out a chocolate-mousse-filled cannoli ($4) to fashion a fife whose tones summon bouncing marshmallow peeps.