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 $49, you get an Italian meal for two at Gennaro’s Ristorante in Glendale (up to a $118.88 total value). The meal includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $14.95 value)
- One salad (up to a $15.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $27.99 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine ($16 value each)
At Gennaro’s Ristorante, chefs have bedecked plates with an authentic menu of Italian pastas and grilled meats for more than a quarter century. Visitors introduce taste buds to dinner fare by tying on their tongue’s cummerbund and shaking hands with a verdant spinach salad crowned in pear and gorgonzola. Sips from goblets of house wine accent bites of meticulously prepared entrees such as pork medallions with a green peppercorn and cognac sauce, or salmon flanked with artichoke and mushrooms. Alternatively, fork-holders wrap their tines in tagliolini pasta, served with aquatic eats such as squid, shrimp, and tomato or cream sauce. After diners say goodnight, they pass through the marble-floored sitting room, where a wood-burning fireplace heats exteriors or the interiors of fire-eaters.
Gennaro’s Ristorante has managed to stay open for nearly 30 years not only because of its menu of Italian pastas and grilled meats, but also because of its dedication to Italian-style hospitality. When guests first enter the eatery, they head to the sitting room—a cozy area with marble flooring where they can sit beside a roaring fire and sip Italian wines and creative cocktails from the bar.
They then head into the dining room for a night of devouring meticulously prepared entrees, such as pork medallions with a green-peppercorn-and-cognac sauce, or tagliolini pasta with squid, shrimp, and mussels. The inclusive restaurant caters to all types, offering a vegan menu and gluten-free options. While patrons eat, performers soothe the ears with classical piano or guitar music or gentle earlobe rubs.