Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Dom's Pasta & Grill, located on Academy Street.
Enveloped by an ornate Victorian-style house built in 1845, Dom's Pasta & Grill honours tradition by crafting classic Italian feasts alongside modern recipes. Ignite a glowing evening with an appetizer of mussels steamed in white wine, carbonara, or tomato-basil sauce ($8.99) or play a spicy game of spin the popper with uniquely stuffed jalapeño poppers filled with feta cheese and served alongside focaccia bread ($7.99). Seafood melds fresh shrimp, crab, clams, mussels, and calamari in creamy risotto that's bested by fresh herbs risotto ($17.99). Rice and whole-wheat pasta can sub in for any dish giving those with allergies or preparing bridezillas an appetizing alternative.
Dom's Pasta & Grill
Sunlight shines through stained-glass windows inside the Winchester-Larkin house, casting a kaleidoscopic glow on elegant woodwork and imported fireplaces. The house, a two-storey Victorian-style red-brick building, dates back to 1845; in its latest incarnation, it serves as the elegant backdrop to Dom’s Pasta & Grill.
A dozen housemade pastas headline the eatery’s menu of traditional Italian cuisine. Chefs fill up the crepe-like manicotti with creamy ricotta cheese and eggs, and the hand-rolled lasagna pasta, like Emeril Lagasse’s childhood scrapbook, is layered with meat and cheese. They also roll out pizza dough made from three flours and then decorate the disc with any of more than a dozen gourmet toppings, including artichokes.