While most people associate Italy with spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti and meatballs associate Italy with disconcerting stories of being thrown into walls or having to cling to forks for dear life. Consume a cultural classic with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine Italian cuisine and drinks at Enzo's Italian Restaurant at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula.
Within the rustic ambiance of the century-old Glen Tavern Inn, the chefs at Enzo's Italian Restaurant run through a retinue of specialty pizzas, traditional pasta favorites, and Old-World and continental cuisine. Diners can await the menu's main courses in the company of appetizers, such as rollino al forno—pizza dough rolled up with radicchio, smoky mozzarella, and a flavorful bruschetta ($6.95). Pasta upholsterers stuff the chicken cannelloni with chicken, spinach, and ricotta before sending it somersaulting beneath cascades of arabbiatta sauce ($15.95), and lobster ravioli drifts atop a light lemon-crème sauce ($18.95). Pizza smiths sling doughy canvases before transforming them into all manner of gustatory delight, including the grilled artichoke, slathered in a garlic-cream sauce and bestrewn with grilled artichoke hearts and sliced pepperoncinis ($9.95). The lunch menu expands its range to hot and cold paninis, and the mix masters at Enzo's also prepare martinis and signature cocktails for parched throats, creating libations from a well-stocked full bar.
Enzo's Italian Restaurant at The Glen Tavern Inn
The Tudor-Craftsman façade of the 103-year-old Glen Tavern Inn has many claims to fame: the former headquarters of Union Oil, a onetime speakeasy, and host to stars such as John Wayne and Rin Tin Tin. However, today it’s inhabited by Enzo's Italian Restaurant, whose chefs re-create classic Italian recipes. They churn out pastas such as Sicilian-style rigatoni with sausage and creamy marinara sauce or chicken cannelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta.
Exposed wooden beams crisscross the ceiling in the dining room, where each weekend diners can applaud live entertainment or join in by playing their spoons.
134 N Mill St.
Santa Paula, California 93060