Italian dining culture is designed to nurture connections with loved ones, from its hours-long multicourse meals to the traditional weaving of friendship bracelets from spaghetti. Reach out across piled-high plates with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get a three-course southern Italian dinner for two at Destino (up to a $156 total value). The dinner includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $16 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $36 value each)
- Two desserts (up to an $11 value each)
- Two glasses of wine (up to a $15 value each)
Born in Eastern Europe near the Italian border, executive chef Mario Curko draws upon four decades of gustatory know-how to fill occasional celeb hangout Destino with a menu of homestyle southern Italian cuisine. Garlic-flavored Renaissance-style oil-on-canvas murals swoop all along the ceiling over quilted banquettes and white tablecloths where appetizers such as sautéed mussels and house-made meatballs rest in simple, elegant preparations. An entree of parmesan-encrusted chicken breast basks in lemon-vermouth sauce laden with roasted tomato and asparagus; mussels, clams, shrimp, and fresh fish of the day all catch themselves in the frutti de mare’s net; and a new york strip steak ensures that even finicky Statues of Liberty can find a dinner option.
A wine list rambles from California whites through dozens of regional Italian reds. Dessert ushers four flavors of homemade gelato onto spoons or directly onto tongues and invites adventurous forks to traverse layers of tiramisu and the Lady M 20-layer cake.
Born in Eastern Europe near the Italian border, executive chef Mario Curko has an innate rapport with Mediterranean flavors, one that he's honed throughout his four decades in the restaurant business. His menu for the occasional celeb hangout Destino stays true to homestyle southern Italian cuisine, although the restaurant's environs are far from rustic—a Renaissance-style ceiling mural looks down over minority owner Justin Timberlake's piano and quilted banquettes, wooing diners with its vibrant colors achieved by layers of garlic-scented oil paint.
Atop white tablecloths, appetizers such as sautéed mussels and housemade meatballs rest in simple, elegant preparations. Mussels, clams, shrimp, and fresh fish of the day all catch themselves in the frutti de mare's net, offering a hearty complement to turfy plates of new york strip steak.
Destino's wine list rambles from California whites through dozens of regional Italian reds. The dessert menu shines a spotlight on four flavors of housemade gelato, molten chocolate cake, and traditional tiramisu.