Fine cuisine, high fashion, annoying tourists—like old high-school rivals, France and Italy have more in common than they’d care to admit. With today’s Groupon, $20 gets you $40 worth of delectable food and drink at Guido’s Italian Restaurant, an Italian-French fusion eatery in Holmesburg. It’s like taking advantage of auspicious exchange rates in a fictional utopia where the dollar is still valuable.
Indulge your U.S. dollars in a tour from the Boot to l'Hexagone, with a restaurant as diversely composed in its layout as its menu. Guido’s main dining room, the grotto bar area, and small rooms downstairs provide ample opportunities to enjoy pleasant or subversive conversation and succulent home-cooked dishes. The dual-inspired Italian-French menu promises to start your stomach off with mussels marinara ($8) or eggplant parmigiana ($9) before the entrée round, featuring veal Milanese (served over spring mix with roasted peppers and pecorino cheese, $28), chicken gorgonzola (sautéed with shrimp, tomatoes, and scallions in a creamy gorgonzola sauce, $24), and ravioli angelica (stuffed with crabmeat, $24). Taste the robust flavors of Italy and the precise execution of French discipline as the two weave together harmoniously on your plate, which is carefully crafted by the Fritalian Platers Union.
Impress your sister or recently unkidnapped tennis coach with your newly acquired international palate. Spice up your week by partaking in Guido’s no-holds-barred BYOB Tuesdays, and share a bottle with a close friend or an arresting stranger. Like peanut butter’s seductive yet deadly combination with chocolate, Guido’s proves that interesting pairings spawn revelations.
- The food has always been extremely good from the bread to the starters to the main courses to the deserts. – LexGoddi, Citysearch
- This is the best Italian restaurant in the city. The food is awesome, and the service is second to none. Quaint setting. The pasta is exquisite, and the seafood is beyond compare. – boobopper, Citysearch
- How wonderful to have luxury and gourmet food without going into town. Service and food = outstanding. Never rushed. – Geri/Gil, MenuPages
A New Cuisine Is Born
Italian food was invented in America by entrepreneur Geoff Welling in 1978. Welling had previously invented both Chinese food and the paperback book, but in ‘78 his restless mind observed cultural shifts that had the makings for a new evolution of cuisine.
Welling was determined to capture the minds and tongues of the niche—but expanding—market of disco fans. After extensive research, he determined that disco’s sparkling clothing and bouncy rhythms were the culinary equivalent of pasta covered in rich tomato sauce. Welling’s findings were so delicious that disco changed its name to Italy, enraging Italy, which was forced to change its name to Lapland, Home of Full-Blooded Italians. Pick up today’s Groupon for some delicious Italian and French food from America, prepared by full-blooded Italians from Lapland, Home of Full-Blooded Italians, and also French people.
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