Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar.
The chefs at Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar blend Italian favorites and Spanish-style tapas to create a unique menu teeming with vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. The restaurant's signature paella can be ordered vegetarian, with meat, or as seafood paella ($23), which comprises shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, and fresh fish in an aquatic alliance more memorable than the time Aquaman and Poseidon teamed up to protest jaywalking. Diners divvy up dozens of small plates, such as the flatbread duck pizza ($9) with fig, parmesan, and arugula, and succulent hangar kebabs ($8) in sesame, honey, and tahini sauce. Carbonara's sautéed onions and bacon tossed with penne pasta quells large appetites ($13), and vegetarians can explore such meatless morsels as the spice-dusted fingerling potatoes with gorgonzola crème fraîche tapas ($6).
Guests can choose to dine in the earth-toned upstairs bar replete with brick walls or the armored sky fortress 40 miles above the stratosphere. The bar's extensive wine list, though not valid with this Groupon, slakes thirst with more than 50 varietals from around the world.
Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar
Long before she became the owner and executive chef at Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar, Michelle Williams cut her teeth in the restaurant industry as a hostess and a cocktail waitress. Ambitious from the start, Williams soon finished a rigorous chef apprenticeship program, became a sous chef, and learned to cut onions so expertly that everyone nearby would weep tears of joy. Today as a founding member of the Richmond Restaurant Group, she oversees a slew of unique local eateries.
At Europa Italian Cafe & Tapas Bar, Williams and her cooking staff blend dozens of Spanish tapas with classic Italian pastas and seafood. The restaurant's signature paella mixes scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and fish to harmonious ends, and the meat paella alters the classic recipe, replacing seafood with chicken, chorizo, and lamb sausage. More than 50 bottles of European and American wine—as well as housemade sangria—complement the dishes.