When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at The Cove Trattoria in Scottsdale. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only.
The Cove's lunch and dinner menus present a tantalizing assortment of Mediterranean temptations, treating the taste buds to a jetlag-free vacanze Romana. Authentic offerings of antipasti, panini, pizza, pasta, salads, and specialty entrees tantalize Vespa riders and NASCAR drivers alike. Dig dentals into delights of the deep with a seaworthy plate of frutti de mare, served over linguini ($18.99), or keep chompers planted firmly in the ground with the flightless chicken saltimbocca ($15.99). Rustic 13-inch gourmet pizzas, modeled after antiquity's 13-meter Colossal Pizza of Rhodes, provide an architecturally sound appetite alleviator. The flag-hued Margherita keeps things traditional ($11.99), and the shrimp pizza enlivens palates with pesto mozzarella and a boisterous tomato-vodka cream sauce ($14.99).
Peruse the extensive wine list for a belly-bound glass of grapey goodness, or indulge in a clever cocktail for sweet spring tipsiness that tastes much better than pounding 40 ounces of Sweet Cobra while yelling about mother. Take advantage of The Cove's breezy patio seating to imagine sampling sips and sups at a quiet café near the Spanish Steps, waiting for a mysterious muleskinner to whisk you off to his malodorous tugboat on the Tiber.
The warmth of a loving family permeates the atmosphere of Cove Trattoria, as parents Vinny and Barbara Monica sustain their celebrated eatery with the help of their children, Heather and Daryl. The kitchen's brick ovens exude a similar warmth as they heat homemade dough into signature 13-inch pizzas topped with blends of shrimp and tomato vodka cream sauce or sweet italian sausage matched with caramelized onions. Lunch visitors dig into easily shared salads featuring grilled salmon or calamari or fill up on warmly pressed panini and hearty sandwiches built with traditional Italian deli meats and fluffy focaccia bread using the blueprints for Marco Polo's sturdiest ship. Dainty bites of seafood antipasti tickle the tongues of evening diners before they curl forks around the cavatelli, linguine, and ricotta-filled shells that populate pasta selections. As entrees of slow-cooked halibut, filet mignon, and pork chops please palates and massage uvulas, glasses of red and white wine rinse mouths for more bites and bubbling postdinner conversation.
7001 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253