Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savoury streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of Italian café fare at Danilo's Italian Cafe on St. Albert Trail.
Danilo's Italian Cafe captures the authenticity of Italian café cuisine and espresso for a lively alternative to chain coffee shops. Forks board a culinary carousel with a rotating menu of specials served between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., including baked pastas ($12.99), paninis ($4.95+), daily meat or eggplant parmigiana ($9.99+). Thin-crust pizzas practice two-dimensional devourability with such varieties as the meaty Toscana, topped with cappicollo, salami, prosciutto, and provolone ($19.95 for 12", $24.95 for 16"), or the classic, a simple margherita pie of mozzarella and tomato sauce Napolitana ($14.95 for 12", $19.95 for 16").
Like feral children, sweet teeth can only be tamed with doses of gelato ($3.95) or the magical crunch of biscotti ($2.69). Douse caffeine cravings with enough espresso ($1.50) or cappuccino ($3.49) to sight-read the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi in one sitting.