Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's use of "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and its "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Italian dinner fare and drinks at Giuseppe Trattoria in Norwalk.
Homemade pasta, fresh seafood, and hand-cut beef fillets populate the menu at Giuseppe Trattoria, spun together to form savory meals with authentic Italian flair. With more gusto than a kazoo affords, alert tongues to mealtime by dipping fried calamari in a spicy pomodoro sauce ($10), then dipping the rings in your mouth. For aquatic delight, anchor tines in an Atlantic salmon filet, lounging in lobster sauce with wild mushrooms and white shrimp ($24.99). The gnocchi Sofia Loren showcases homemade potato dumplings dressed in a cloak of tomato-basil with mozzarella buttons ($16.99), and the grilled filet mignon dons gorgonzola sauce and asparagus tips with more confidence than displayed by any human who's ever worn either ingredient ($28).
Following old family recipes from the Campania region of Southern Italy, Giuseppe and his chefs craft housemade pasta, hand-cut tender beef fillets, and seared sea scallops. Servers then shuttle these classic dishes into the cozy dining room replete with golden wall hues, multicolored hanging lights, and white tablecloths.