Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon to Il Fornello in North Providence. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare.
- For $35, you get $80 worth of Italian fare for a group of four or more.
The owner of Il Fornello relies upon his mother, Maria, for her cooking expertise, as she helps plate up a menu of authentic Italian dishes garnished with homemade TLC. Mama’s fresh tomato sauce paints the baked gnocchi red ($10.99); fork-twirlers choose from a palette of eight sauces with which to decorate their nest of linguine or penne noodles ($9.99+) or colorless home interior. A quintet of baked shrimp comes piled with seafood stuffing ($15.99), and the sautéed chicken saltimbocca jumps on a trampoline made of prosciutto and mozzarella ($14.99). The dining room’s warm red walls complement the juicy hue of the 16-ounce sirloin steak ($17.99), and the gold-toned tablecloths match the crowns of visiting pasta-loving dignitaries.
Owner Tony Lanni's mother Maria oversees all of the chopping, grilling, sautéing, and baking that unfolds inside of Il Fornello's kitchen to ensure that each Italian dish gets seasoned with adequate amounts of homey comfort. Piles of pasta, sizzling steaks doused in a variety of sauces, fresh seafood, and juicy chicken dishes adorn golden tablecloths inside the ruby-hued dining room, where rollaway dividers offer increased privacy and can be configured into barricades for impromptu food fights. Il Fornello also hosts private parties for up to 80 people and offers comprehensive catering services for soirees at other locations in the solar system.