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: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine at Joe G. Restaurant
The epicurean engineers at Joe G. Restaurant take taste buds on a tour of Italy’s finest feasting spots with a mouthwatering menu of authentic Southern-Italian entrees. Gnocchi alla bava ($14.95) marries house-made potato pasta and mushrooms with a sprinkling of light cream sauce, resulting in a holy matrimony of hunger-halting savoriness. Lobster ravioli in brandy sauce ($15.95) silences roaring tummies and pet tigers, and vitello parmigiana—veal parmesan ($17.95)—and the filet d'manzo—filet mignon ($24.95)—answer the call of protein-seeking palates. To allow forks and knives a well-earned respite, chefs hand toss a selection of specialty pizzas such as the pizza margherita con prosciutto cotto, a classic dough disc topped with tomato sauce, Italian prosciutto or Virginia ham, fresh mozzarella, and basil ($12.95 for a small; $18.95 for a large).
In the elegant dining room, patrons massage uvulas with hearty forkfuls of fare amid the twinkling silverware, white tablecloths, and brass fixtures that decorate the hull of this basement gustatorium. To foster an air of the rustic countryside that informs the menu, tasteful works of art depicting Italian vistas can be found affixed to rich mahogany and exposed-brick walls or tattooed across waiters’ backs.
244 W 56th St.
New York, New York 10019