Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon to Il Giardino Ristorante, located on 17th Avenue Southwest. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine during lunch.
Il Giardino Ristorante celebrates the Old World tradition of neighbourhood eateries by indulging its patrons in homestyle, homemade Italian dishes served amid an inviting fireplace and patio. The pesce del giorno combines the fish of the day with three large scallops and three large tiger prawns ($27), and the risotto ai funghi softly churns rice and mushrooms in a garlic-white-wine sauce ($17). Il Giardino Ristorante's pastas balance fresh vegetables with zesty sauces and savoury delicacies, as in the linguine mediterranea, a troupe of mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, and sea scallops that springs from a cannon onto a matching set of Ducati Diavel motorcycles and speeds through a pool of red or white-wine sauce ($22). Bring an extra mouth for the dessert menu, which includes a towering tiramisu ($6) as well as the daily spade of Italian ice cream ($4).
Il Giardino's sunny patio invites bikini-clad sparrows along with the lunchtime stampede that delights in a scaled-down version of the dinner menu. Unique to daylight hours are focaccia-bread pizzas that arrive topped with an assortment of seafood, hearty meats, and ripe vegetables ($10–$21).
344-17th Ave. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2S 0A8