The spaghetti-Western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of Western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Giovanni’s Restaurant, located on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Giovanni’s Restaurant unites pasta lovers and seafood seekers with a menu replete with thoroughly hearty, old-school Italian fare. Start with an order of clams marinara ($8.95 for six), or go with its cousin, fried calamari ($11.95), the only sea creature born with a delicious, protective shell of golden batter. Main events include Italian specialties such as eggplant parmigiana ($13.95) or sausage and peppers ($13.95), both of which are served alongside salad, pasta, or rice. Green-tongued eaters can grab a sesame-crusted tuna salad, which, like a runway model showing off a perishable fashion line, arrives toting baby spinach and dressed in citrus vinaigrette ($13.95). Polish off the palate party with an espresso ($2.50) and a selection from the dessert menu, such as miniature cannoli, which come in orders of three and sized just right for sweet-toothed secret agents ($4.95).
Giovanni’s sister establishment G-Bar is connected to the restaurant's dining area and offers a vast array of martinis, cocktails, and wines to help cool off the miniature marathoners running laps around your tonsils. Great for parties of five or couples of two, the tasteful tandem of Giovanni’s and G-Bar is equally ideal for a quick drink after a Yankees game or a post-work, homey meal on days when the ornery robot butler is on strike for a better singing voice.