Despite a proliferation of trained child chefs, most grown-up cooks prefer to pair Italian dishes with fine wines instead of juiced fruit snacks and melted Capri Sun pouches. Savor mature Italian eats with today's Groupon to Da Giuseppe Trattoria. Choose from two options:
- For $29, you get dinner for two, including one appetizer (up to a $13 value) and two entrees (up to a $46 value, up to a $59 total value).
- For $59, you get dinner for four, including two appetizers (up to a $26 value) and four entrees (up to a $92 value, up to a $118 total value).
Dedicated chefs cull a menu of flavorful pastas, succulent meats, and fresh fish dishes from authentic recipes forged in northern Italy. The rigatoni quattro formaggi ($14) beckons cheese-craving palates with a creamy sauce packed with blue cheese, fontina, mozzarella, and parmigiano, and the linguini scoglio ($21) holds an oceanic town-hall meeting in a red or white sauce with impassioned speeches by calamari, clams, grouper, mussels, scallops, and shrimp. Spear tender pieces of beef tenderloin in spicy marinara sauce onto waiting forks ($23), or take a ride down the poultry highway with the pollo sorrentino ($18), a shiny coupe of chicken breast steered by eggplant as sliced tomatoes and mozzarella bicker in a back seat of sherry demi-glace.
Bottles of wine, such as the Bartali Chianti Ducceto sangiovese and the Granducato merlot ($30 each), draw out the flavors of heartier dinner ensembles. Swig sips of Budweiser or Bud Light ($3.50/bottle), or kick back with a Stella, Heineken, or Peroni ($4.50) from across the pond. Patrons can reward a loyal sweet tooth with a delectable, made-from-scratch dessert, such as the tiramisu, cannoli, crème brûlée, or rum-raisin rice pudding ($4.50 each), and a serenade of live piano music Wednesday and Sunday evenings. The warmly lit peach walls of the dining room boast still-life and landscape paintings that wander into the kitchen and graze on appetizers when the lights go out.
Da Giuseppe Ristorante & Bar
Chefs slather linguine noodles with house-made pesto sauce, toss salmon filets atop the grill, and simmer veal scaloppini in a white wine and lemon sauce in the kitchen at Da Giuseppe Ristorante & Bar. Out in the dining room, exposed red rafters and tangerine walls surround linen-topped tables populated with towering plates of pasta and traditional Italian desserts built from scratch.
Town N County Park
5915 Memorial Hwy.
Tampa, Florida 33615