Italian noodles take their names from their distinctive shapes—angel hair is thin and long, bow tie pasta is shaped like a tie, and elbow macaroni looks like a macaroni. Sample delectable shapes with today’s Groupon to Cuzzin’s Cafe’s Des Plaines location. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of eats and drinks for groups of two or more.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of eats and drinks for groups of four or more.<p>
Cuzzin’s prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere, with attentive servers slinging generous portions of hearty Italian comfort cuisine. Hefty starters kick feasts off in style with polenta and house-made marinara with crumbled italian sausage ($6.99) and baked clams by the half ($7.50) or whole dozen ($14.95). Pasta and peas with prosciutto integrates penne and agli e olio sauce into the namesake mix ($12.95), and chefs sear and slice 8-ounce new york strips to hand-craft four steak sandwiches, including the Vesuvio, with signature sauce, optional onions, and a volcanic eruption’s worth of flavor ($9.95+).
Danny’s Cafe warmly serves what co-owner Carl Dote described as “Italian peasant food” on Danny’s Check, Please! feature. Their cooking aims to comfort, from generously stuffed artichokes to their signature fried-meatball sub. The hefty sandwich, highlighted on WGN, comes to fruition after staff members hand-form fresh meatball mix into patties and pile on fried peppers. Co-owner and chef Paula Dote told ABC’s “Hungry Hound” that when she and her husband bought the restaurant, she wanted to make exactly what she made at home, and indeed, she uses recipes from her mother and mother-in-law in all of her cooking and homemade volcano experiments. She ladles vodka sauce and crumbled sausage over homemade rigatoni, and layers provolone, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta in the four-cheese lasagna. Pork neck bones, one of Danny's more unique dishes, are served twice a week and praised by Hungry Hound for the tender meatiness resulting from hours spent simmering in spiced tomatoes. The eatery has also spawned relatives—appropriately named “Cuzzin’s Cafe”—that serve similar dishes in Des Plaines and Orland Park.