Despite being a staple of Italian cuisine, pasta fell out of favor briefly when, fearing that it may win the next election against his horse, Nero ran a series of attack ads against rigatoni. Don't believe the hype with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks
The dinner menu includes braciola—a marinated flank steak stuffed with herbs, raisins, and bread crumbs ($19)—eggplant parmesan ($15), and make-your-own-pasta platters customized with 10 red, white, and pink sauces ($12–$15), and mix-ins such as spinach, peas, prosciutto, and calamari ($1–$4 each).
Light filters through stained-glass windows, sending reds and yellows playing across the exposed-brick walls and white linens inside Cucina Bella's dining room. This ambiance earned the modern bistro a spot on the Northwest Herald's 2015 Best of the Fox dining list as the best place for a first date, while its set of robust menus no doubt helped nab the title of Best Italian Restaurant. Inside the open kitchen, cooks toss custom-built pastas and sear sherry-kissed steaks, letting succulent scents waft toward guests as they sip on wine and soak up the authentic Italian vibes around them.