Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the meatball, which was invented as a way to roll heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Ethan Anthony's in North Providence. Today’s Groupon may be redeemed starting Saturday, October 1.
Captained by executive chef Robert Hennemann, the new Ethan Anthony's traverses the Atlantic on galleons of pasta, seafood, and other authentic Italian fare. Instead of nibbling the menu, diners can shush stomach growls with antipasti such as crab-stuffed mushrooms ($6.95). Like a tween who’s never been kissed, potato gnocchi ($10.95) blush with pink vodka sauce when suitors’ lips approach. Mushrooms and wine sauce robe the veal marsala ($15.95) in opulence, and a prosciutto cape helps the fried-chicken cutlet ($16.95) fly toward mouth-caves. Flush with homemade stuffing, quartets of baked shrimp ($18.95) teem with harmonious flavors, not edible violins.
Stone statuary and framed art line Ethan Anthony’s dining room, swathing each meal in elegance. Tables greet diners with crisp white linens that double as giant napkins or makeshift ghost costumes.
Each dish that leaves executive chef Robert Hennemann’s kitchen is made from scratch. He ladles housemade sauce over breaded chicken breasts and puffs up ravioli with a hefty infusions of cheese. Servers cart platefuls of broiled scallops and house-cut sirloin to tables topped with lace cloths that can double as veils for impromptu weddings.