The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin’ arm with today’s Groupon to Il Farro, located in Newport Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of southern-Italian fare and drinks at dinner.
- For $7, you get $14 worth of southern-Italian fare and drinks at lunch.
Il Farro’s seasoned chefs, brothers Domenico and Michael Maurici, harness culinary skills honed on their family farm in Calabria, Italy, and restaurants across Europe to whip up authentic Italian cuisine. The eatery’s lengthy all-day menu prominently stars the rare farro grain, which is woven into pastas such as ravioli di farro allo Zafferano, spinach- and ricotta-stuffed pouches that shelter fresh asparagus from a deluge of saffron sauce ($17.99). Like a circus clown at the supermarket, the Parma pizza juggles smoked prosciutto and fresh tomato ($11.99), and the panino siciliano sandwiches grilled chicken, eggplant, and goat cheese between slices of focaccia bread ($9.99). Chopped baby clams discuss recent renovations to their reefs with bay shrimp in the white or red sauce of the linguine con vongole e gamberetti ($12.99).
Patrons sip on wines from Italy and California while basking in Il Farro’s two dining areas: inside, tile floors and light golden walls evoke an Italian summer, and outdoors, runaway paper airplanes ride in on the sea breezes rolling in over the nearby Newport Pier.
As a teenager in the farm village of Calabria, Italy, Domenico Maurici helped his family grow farro, a rare grain. After graduating from Italy's Culinary Institute, Domenico went on a cruise of the Pacific Coast and fell in love with Orange County; he selected it as the place where he would open his own restaurant centered on the grain he had grown up with.
At Il Farro, Domenico transforms farro into pastas and risottos, which he uses to build specialty dishes such as the farrotto con salsiccia with Italian-style sausage and pecorino cheese. The menu also includes pizzas layered with prosciutto. There are also seafood creations such as linguini pescatore with New Zealand mussels, manila clams, calamari, and king crab.