In the Old West, wine-tasting decorum forced cowboys to temporarily suspend swearing, gambling, and choreographed shootouts dubbed "gunpowder hoedowns" if they wished to enjoy drinks from the town's wine trough. Saddle up for swigs and sips with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of wine at Delizios Café and Wine Bar, located in downtown Littleton. This Groupon is good for wine by the glass or bottle.
The recently opened Delizios boasts an abundant offering of wine alongside its Spanish and Italian-inspired food menu. The staff closely works with experienced sommeliers and on-target oenophiles to prepare the shop's varied list, resulting in enough fermented selections to charm lovers of libations ranging from blushing wines to impossible-to-embarrass pinot grigios. Sip on the La Noble ($26 for a bottle), a full-flavored 2007 French merlot, or sample the Kunde Magnolia Lane ($7.50 for a glass, $26 for a bottle), a 2006 California sauvignon blanc. For champions of champagne who hate to only pop the cork at New Year's Eve parties or on the set of rap videos, the Veuve du Vernay Brut ($7.50 for a glass, $26 for a bottle) provides a dry, sparkling taste ideal for marathon toasts.
Delizios is housed in a restored service station dating to the 1920s, with a quaint, relaxed atmosphere only occasionally interrupted by Herbert Hoover–badmouthing ghosts. Warm yourself by the fire on the outdoor patio or swish with a cool late summer breeze in between sips of grapebloods as you and your fellow barons of the battle share a Socratic dialogue on the legitimacy of a nationwide network of waterslides.
People first started patronizing Delizios' location back in 1890, when it was O'Briens General Store. The spot evolved with the times, though, first into a saloon and then, just as the car was growing popular, into a gas station. Today, after a nine-month renovation, Delizios' kitchen sits where the drive-through filling station used to be, and the dining room resides where the garage's "grease pit" once was.
You'd be hard pressed to find traces of the eatery's automotive past in its cozy dining room, though, which opens onto a breezy patio with views of Bega Park. In its cozy confines, diners sip their choice of the more than 70 wines on the wine list, and feast on Italian-inflected plates, such as choice cut tenderloin medallions with gorgonzola, or fettucine alfredo topped with grilled chicken breast. On weekends, the same Italian touches enhance brunch plates such as eggs benedict with crispy prosciutto, or banana's roster French toast served in a sea-worthy gondola.