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 upscale Italian cuisine at Guttuso's North End Trattoria.
Guttuso's North End Trattoria's head chef Chris Luccari, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, takes patrons on a gustatory tour of Italy with a menu of wood-fired pizzas and homemade pasta. The wood-burning oven's loving arms and stern lectures raise a litter of dough disks, including the Grecian pizza, a veggie-strewn pie bedecked with feta and a splash of Ouzo ($11.75). Culinary archaeologists can uncover breaded cutlet and veggie layers in the veal and eggplant alla milanese, drizzled in asiago cream and bolstered by a foundation of sautéed spinach ($15.95). Linguine vines tangle in the shrimp scampi's pasta jungle, showered in pinot grigio ($15.95), and sweet teeth take a break from smooth-talking neighboring molars to sample the Limoncello tiramisu ($6).
With the help of low lighting and upscale décor, Guttuso's cozy, clan-friendly atmosphere greets diners with vibrant yellow walls flecked with family photos and marinara-painted self-portraits.