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 $10, you get $20 worth of upscale Italian fare at Giuliano's Italian Restaurant in Jacksonville or Leonardo's Italian Cafe in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The chefs at Giuliano's Italian Restaurant and Leonardo's Italian Cafe use authentic family recipes to dish out elegant lunches and upscale dinners. Specialty pizzas combine the flavors of harmonious toppings, such as the Bianco's fresh spinach poking up from a snowy mix of ricotta and mozzarella; the Greek pizza's saucy slathering of tomato-herb sauce, feta, sundried tomatoes, and kalamata olives flying banana-pepper kites ($8.95–$17.95). Chefs tuck flavorful combos into calzones to create seven superbly stuffed options ($6.95–$12.95), and the grilled salmon is swirled in a creamy honey-dijon sauce and twirled to a foot-stomping tarantella ($11.95 for lunch; $19.95 for dinner). The dinner menu features 14 different customizable dishes such as cacciatore chicken ($15.95) or veal ($16.95), and such upscale entrees as the charbroiled rack of lamb, which is marinated in house spices and then burnt with fire ($22.95).
Giuliano's Italian Restaurant
Inside Giuliano's Italian Restaurant, George Gjergj and Leonard Gjergji's family recipes guide them as they stuff shells with ricotta cheese, sauté shrimp in homemade marinara sauce, and drizzle merlot reduction onto char-grilled filet mignon. Specialty pizzas marry ingredients such as grilled chicken and pesto or sliced steak and sautéed onions. A bottomless lunch buffet brims with slices of pizza like the description of a third grader’s dream job, and calzones slice open to reveal ricotta and ham.