Italy's wild west was finally won after wild veal were subdued with angel-hair lassos and rivers of cabernet were panned for cannolis. Experience the bounty of untamed Italy with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and wine at Gianni's Cafe's Palatine or Kildeer location.
Family recipes from across Italy make every spoonful of sauce and melty morsel of mozzarella at Gianni's Cafe remind you of a happy home. Start your evening with ricotta-stuffed baked eggplant rolls ($9.95). Then, trail teasers with a trinity of customizable pasta: Choose your own noodle, sauce, and ingredients with a Romanesque thumbs up or down. Options include pesto and spicy diablo sauce ($13.95 each), with add-ons such as pine nuts ($2.50) and meatballs ($3.50). For those who would rather not choose what they chews, a house specialty eliminates decision-making. Garlic, white wine, herbs, peas, and potatoes erupt from unpredictable veal vesuvio ($21.95); pollo (most dishes are $17.95) and pesce ($18.95–$31.95) are other protein-packed options. In addition to its post-meridian menu, Gianni's also serves lunch at the Kildeer location (open seven days a week), and Sunday brunch in Palatine (open Tuesday through Sunday).
Attire at Gianni's, a welcoming restaurant with an upscale vibe, ranges from nice jeans to suits, with nice denim suits in between. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online.
Though there are few reviews for the Kildeer location, Yelpers give the Palatine Gianni's Cafe a 3.5-star average rating and award the Kildeer location an average of four stars. TripAdvisors give the Palatine location 3.5 owl eyes, and OpenTable awards it 4.1 stars.