Linguini, like a hammerhead shark, is rigid and boring until it’s submerged in water, at which point it quickly springs to life and develops a taste for swimmers. Celebrate this predatory noodle with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks ($20 worth if redeemed Friday or Saturday) at Euro Bistro.
Featuring foods from neighborhood producers, Euro Bistro's menu dishes up a wide variety of classic Italian cuisine. The fried calamari, cavorting with garlic butter and hot-pepper rings ($9.95), kicks off dinner swimmingly before ceding the flavorstage to mozzarella-crowned gnocci bathing in pink vodka sauce ($17.95). Euro Bistro's florentine linguini tosses sautéed shrimp, scallops, and roasted red peppers in a garlic-and-white-wine sauce, to bring Northern Italian flavor to northern parts of the non-Italian coast ($18.95). For a heartier dinner, dine in multifaceted style with the charbroiled veal-chop saltimbocca, enlivened with mushrooms, garlic, sage, prosciutto, and mozzarella in marsala wine sauce ($28.95).
Euro Bistro’s intimate dining room re-creates the ambience of cozy Old World eateries. The bar lived its former life as the centerpiece in a gentleman’s bar, where it learned pickup lines as smooth as its polished surface. Charming arched windows look out into the street, graced with the gentle red glow of Euro Bistro’s old-fashioned neon sign.
By setting his restaurant at the less congested end of Atwells Avenue, Ken Turchetta has stayed under the radar in Federal Hill—a status he enjoys because it keeps his restaurant intimate. That’s why even after 12 years in business, it’s common to see him make a stop at every table.
Since the beginning, chef Hector Madrid has been Ken’s go-to artisan for creating authentic Italian dishes from fresh, local ingredients. The resultant spread is impressive: chicken and veal marsala, fish fillets, and rings-only calamari, all easily paired with red or white wine by the bottle or glass.