- $25 for $50 worth of Italian food<p>
Il Giardino Ristorante
When Il Giardino Ristorante co-owner Tony Gargiulo saw a wood-burning pizza oven for the first time during a trip to Florence, he knew he had to have one for his restaurant. And now for more than 25 years, his trusty oven—among the first of its kind in Virginia, due to how recently wood was introduced to America—has baked a cavalcade of thin-crust pies topped with vegetables, sausage, and sprigs of basil. Elsewhere in the kitchen, cooks hand make tender fettuccine and crown veal chops with porcini, shitake, and portobello mushrooms. The pastry chef whips up tiramisu, cannoli, and other Italian desserts. In a special lounge area, Il Giardino hosts live music, including a jazz vocalist who covers Sinatra songs each evening Sunday through Tuesday. Though not valid with this Groupon, the restaurant has an extensive wine list of featured reds and whites by the glass and bottle.