Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Italian cuisine and spirits at Il Giardino Ristorante in Newport Beach.
Il Giardino Ristorante and its celebrated chef Angelo Traversa cater to cuisine connoisseurs with an extensive menu furnished with authentic Italian fare. Strategically interrupt uncomfortable charades games with the piatto di prosciutto e parmigiano, a hearty appetizer boasting gingerly sliced prosciutto bolstered with parmesan cheese ($15). Meanwhile, the totelloni d'aragosta allo zafferano mambos through mouths with lobster-stuffed pasta swathed in a silky saffron sauce ($18). Feel free to cap off a satisfying supper suite with the cannoli, its succulent center stuffed with ricotta cream ($8). In addition to its savory cuisine, Il Giardino sports a decorative dining-room patio adorned with waterfalls, a fireplace, and legally obtained napkins.
- I love coming here because the atmosphere is hip and the food never disappoints. – PHIL B., Yelp, 11/9/10
- This was a pleasant surprise. We have been looking for a neighborhood Italian restaurant that offers delicious food in a comfortable but ambient setting. This is the place!. – OpenTable user who dined on 2/15/11