When Pangaea—the earth’s greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe’s inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe’s Yoko with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Della Terra in West Hollywood. If you redeem your Groupon during lunch any day, your Groupon will swell in value to $65.
Della Terra’s lunch and dinner menus revolve around pizza, whose dough is made fresh by hand using an ancient, secret recipe before it’s topped with a special blend of cheese and baked in a wood-fired oven. The results can be a tangy pollo (mesquite-grilled chicken with herbs and goat cheese, $12), earthy melanzana (eggplant, broccolini, garlic, and pesto, $11), or decadent tartufata (Prosciutto di Parma, truffle sauce, and basil, $18). Trattoria traditionalists, meanwhile, can tickle taste buds awake with a plate of thin-sliced Parma prosciutto with fresh melon ($15) before plunging their pitchfork into an edible haystack of spaghetti carbonara ($15) overflowing with pancetta, egg yolk, and parsley. A dessert of bread pudding and dulce de leche gelato ($7) will end your edible opera on a sweet note, which everyone knows is a G-flat.
While Della Terra’s brick-walled, sconce-lit décor blends Cali casual with the sophistication of an old black-and-white photograph of Manhattan, the warm smell of the wood-burning oven and airy outdoor patio are pure Tuscan trattoria—and are best enjoyed with a selection from the wine list. Summon a glass of red Mormoraia Chianti ($10) or sparkly Soligo Prosecco ($10) from the cellar using an unnecessary Jedi mind trick on the waiter, or create your own World Cup bracket using Della Terra’s international lineup of beers on tap and in bottles ($6–$9).
OpenTable reviewers give Della Terra an average of four stars, and Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average. Four Citysearchers give the restaurant an overall average of five stars: > * The food was amazing, the staff was extremely helpful and , [sic] especially about their wine and beer menu. – DolceVitaChick, Citysearch > * The service was efficient and friendly. The food was very fresh and tasty. A positive experience! – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 12/25/2010