Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine: They were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Fratelli's Restaurant in St. Augustine.
The chefs at Fratelli's Restaurant dish out a menu of pasta and grilled dishes packed with classic Italian-American flavors. White lasagna maintains its porcelain complexion with UVA-blocking ricotta cheese and UVB-fighting cream sauce ($10.95), and, with linguine pitchforks in hand, the shrimp and/or scallop fra diablo dances devilishly in a fiery lake of spicy dat’l pepper sauce ($15.95). Wash down entrees such as the steak marsala ($16.95) or lemon-white-wine-smothered veal piccata ($14.95) with a selection of domestic beers ($3.25), famous for their impressions of imported beers' ($4) accents. House wines flow into glasses ($4.50), half carafes ($11), or whole carafes ($18), and a roster of red and white varietals arrive at tables firmly ensconced in a bottle ($20–$50).
Framed black-and-white pictures fill the lemon-yellow and terra-cotta-red walls in Fratelli's Restaurant, evoking the casual ambiance of a family dining room beside the Mediterranean. The chefs demonstrate a similar commitment to homestyle comfort by faithfully re-creating familiar Italian-American staples. Ricotta-stuffed shells bake beneath a layer of mozzarella and marinara, and marsala sauce adds an extra dose of flavor to sautéed veal loin, chicken breast, or sliced rib-eye steak. Occasional maritime influences also work their way into the menu, as in the case of the housemade crab cakes and the shrimp or scallops in a spicy red sauce made with magma-marinated peppers.
South Davis Shores
415 Anastasia Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida 32080Get Directions