Like quilts and guilt, Italian recipes are often perfected in a grandmother's home. Savor the work of generations with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine at Davide Restaurant.
Davide Restaurant's executive chef, Frank Gesualdi, conjures a menu of traditional Northern Italian dishes from fresh, local ingredients to warm North End diners with seasonal fare. Tables can share a selection from a variety of antipasti options such as warm mussels with spicy tomato broth ($12) or a bruschetta platter that features crusty bread with five unique toppings ($12). Basil tastefully officiates a flavorful marriage of tomato fillets and mozzarella cheese in the gnocchi ($18), celebrated by the peals of forks striking cleaned plates. The pappardelle sprinkles parmesan and tomato atop savory short-rib ragu ($21), and free-range Statler chicken preens in pearl-onion lemon sauce as the star of the chicken entree ($22). A succulent cut of filet mignon lends its juicy texture to truffle polenta and wilted greens ($35), a warmed batch of leafy vegetables autographed by Wilt Chamberlain.
Massive stone blocks comprise the interior walls. Behind a classic brown-brick edifice and green awning, low ceilings and stone walls create an intimate, private experience. Red-velvet booths cushion guests as they dine over pristine, white tablecloths with each thread stretched taught in anticipation of catching delicious crumbs or droplets that may tumble off plates.