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.
172 Main St.
Norwalk, Connecticut 06851