While spaghetti straps can draw the eyes of potential mates, rigatoni straps reach straight into their stomachs and woo their hearts. Test the partner-catching power of noodle lassos with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine Italian cuisine and drinks at Giardino Ristorante in Douglaston.
Giardino allays stoked-up appetites for authentic, home-style pasta sauces with an elegant fusion of ingredients and sophisticated seasonings. Executive chef Michael DeGeorgio tickles tonsils with a brimming lunch menu. Satisfy noodley desires with the penne fantasia, a pasta party hosted by chicken, shrimp, and spinach and fueled by a savory vodka sauce ($12), or bite into the heart of Italy with a wood-fired brick-oven pizza slathered in margherita sauce, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms ($10). Late feeders and those who don't believe in daytime can sample the hearty tastes of Giardino's dinner menu. Patrons who enter the correct combination to Davy Jones' locker are rewarded with the Atlantic salmon St. Michelle, baked with plump zucchini and olives, then sprinkled in breadcrumbs ($20). Warm up mouth muscles with a series of taffy exercises before attempting to conquer the salsicce, carciofi, escarole minestra, roasted pork sausage snorkeling in a broth of artichokes, escarole, and cannellini ($20). Delectable bites are best complemented by sips from Giardino's expansive wine menu, full bar, and chocolate-spraying fire hose.
While enjoying gourmet eats and conversations about how Y2K would make a great candy-bar name, bask in the comforting ambience of Giardino Ristorante's décor. Glass ceilings, exposed brick walls, and starched white tablecloths combine to transport delighting diners to the rolling tranquility of an Italian landscape.
Douglaston Little Neck
44-37 Douglaston Pkwy.
Douglaston, New York 11363Get Directions