While freezer technology has helped prevent disease and saved humanity hours of burying food underground, it has also made it difficult to find an Italian restaurant that serves food born in an honest kitchen. Today's Groupon uncovers one of the few remaining with $25 worth of fresh Italian fine dining and drinks at Cucina Tagliani for $12—good at any of its three locations in Glendale, Avondale, and Peoria.
This family-owned-and-operated famiglia of restaurants prides itself on making everything on its menu, from the most delicious substance of all—scratch. That includes starters such as the Mediterranean-style calamari ($8.49), the hefty tagliani combo appetizer platter ($13.99), pizzas ($6.99–$10.99), and the Romano chicken salad ($9.99). For entrees, the rigatoni diavolo (shrimp and chicken in spicy alfredo, $12.79) will give you a kick, and Nana's Combo (lasagna and spinach manicotti, $11.79) will give you a taste-punch. If you think you know better than Nana, build your own pasta bowl out of your choice of 10 different pastas, 10 sauces, and a plethora of veggies, meats, and cheeses. Save room for a little cannoli and cookies ($3.99) or chocolate mascarpone cake ($5.99). For the truly daring, there is the leaning tower of Pisa (chocolate cake and spumoni, $7.99) and for the indecisive, there's the "I Cant Decide" platter (three of the best-selling desserts and coffee, $9.99).
Cucina Tagliani also boasts a list of red and white wines that would satisfy your boisterous uncle, as well as straight-outta-Tuscany specialty cocktails such as the Limoncello-tini (limoncello and vodka, $4.99) and the Italian Dream (coconut rum, amaretto, orange juice, and grenadine, $5.99). Each Groupon is good for one table, so you can laugh it up with your whole vivacious Italian family, or pretend that your dour brood of Scandinavian filmmakers is a vivacious Italian family.
- This place has THE BEST Italian food, unless you happen to have an Italian grandma who still cooks "old-style." – redbash23, Citysearch
- The Rigatoni Diavalo is amazing! My husband always creates his own bowl using spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Then he mixes marinara and pepperocini sauces and it's spicy!! – HJ, Urbanspoon
- This is a great place to take a date or relax on a friday after a long week.The food is excellent and the service is great. – sphodges, Citysearch