Parmesan cheese develops a thick rind that not only seals in the cheese's salty flavor but also makes it the sturdiest option in the event of a flat tire. Savor ripened wheels with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Gemellato Ristorante.
The chefs at Gemellato Ristorante craft savory classic Italian pastas and hearty meat and seafood dishes. After deciding who has to take off their Halloween mask to order, diners dive into starters such as the stuffed mushrooms ($7), which bear fresh spinach, parmesan, and bread crumbs over a white-wine-garlic sauce. Toothsome pasta teams up with oceanic offerings of shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari in the linguine di mare ($18), adorned with garlic, fresh tomatoes, and a marinara broth. Entrees include the 8-ounce center-cut filet mignon ($24), which arrives seasoned with olive oil and Italian herbs, just as Christopher Columbus did.
Meals at Gemellato end on a sweet note with a piece of grilled yellow rum cake ($7) for dessert, dressed up with rum syrup, chocolate sauce, seasonal berries, and whipped cream. Guests can snuggle into cozy red chairs, bar stools, or booths to read menus or grow chia pets underneath the restaurant's ample, soft lighting.
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258 W 26th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60616