Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon for a three-course Italian meal at Fratelli La Bufala in Miami Beach. This Groupon expires on November 30. Choose from the following options:
- For $37, you get a meal for two (up to a $79 total value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer to share (up to a $16 value).
- Two entrees (up to a $27 value each).
- One dessert to share (up to a $9 value).
- For $69, you get a meal for four (up to a $158 total value) that includes the following:
- Two appetizers to share (up to a $16 value each).
- Four entrees (up to a $27 value each).
- Two desserts to share (up to a $9 value each).
- For $99, you get a meal for six (up to a $237 total value) that includes the following:
- Three appetizers to share (up to a $16 value each).
- Six entrees (up to a $27 value each).
- Three desserts to share (up to a $9 value each).
Both nature and the mighty buffalo serve as inspiration for Fratelli La Bufala's fully loaded menu of pastas, pizzas, and desserts prepared with premium ingredients, including tender buffalo meat and authentic Italian cheeses. Kick off an evening of fork fencing and 19th-century-slur slinging with a shared starter, such as bufala carpaccio or the baked il pignatiello, which flaunts honey-drizzled slices of smoked prosciutto wrapped around bufala cacio cheese that's speckled with walnuts. The second course sets mouths upon more than a dozen pasta dishes, including mari e monti, which is tossed with baby octopus and shrimp, or paccheri, which eschews meat in favor of sautéed eggplant, smoked bufala mozzarella, and cherry tomato sauce. Meanwhile, chefs lay thinly sliced bufala steak across a bed of arugula in the sautéed straccetti entree and bake 20 red and white Neapolitan pizzas in a traditional brick oven, which retains much more heat than its modern counterpart, the aluminum-siding oven. To cap off meals, diners cross spoons once more for shared desserts of lemon-flavored ricottina or bufala tiramisu, intermingling the flavors of bufala ricotta and espresso coffee.
Though not published on their regular menu, Fratelli La Bufala offers special appetizers valued up to $16 and entrees valued up to $27.
Fratelli La Bufala
After the unexpected loss of their father, three brothers from Eboli, an Italian hamlet in the Neapolitan countryside, pursued their disparate passions to separate corners of the globe. As Giuseppe, the eldest, toiled as a pizzaiolo in New York; Antonio, a dancer; and Gennaro, an artist, spent time honing their crafts in Madrid and Paris. It wasn't long before Giuseppe opened his pizzeria, and his younger siblings weren't far behind. With all three operating successful Italian eateries in their respective cities, the trio decided to reunite, forming Fratelli La Bufala as a joint effort where they could highlight their father's passion for water-buffalo mozzarella, a heart-healthy cheese that anchors the cuisine at each of their worldwide locations.
Working from an Italian menu modeled after Mediterranean culinary traditions, chefs prepare pastas in-house and pepper Neapolitan-style pizzas with water-buffalo meat that boasts less cholesterol and saturated fat than most traditional meat options. Like Sophia Loren's celebrity impersonators, the kitchen's ingredients are sourced from small southern Italian farms, and are transported with care to preserve their naturalness and quality.