The spaghetti western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine Italian fare and drink at La Bella in Oak Park. This Groupon is valid for dine-in only.
An elegant, warmly lit dining destination, La Bella brings old-world Italian flavors into tender meats, seafood, grains, and waft-worthy liquids. The dinner menu starts with starters such as classic bruschetta ($5.95) and adventurous grilled octopus ($11.95), then sets the moon on fire with main plates including New Zealand green-lip mussels laid on a bed of linguine with red or white sauce ($17.95) and pork chops oreganato, sautéed in a lemony, buttery, oreganoey blend and served with a stoplight's worth of peppers and vesuvio potatoes ($19.95). Pair any plate with a selection off La Bella's extensive wine list ($5.75–$10 per glass, $22–$45 per bottle), and save a few notches in the belt for authentic Italian desserts, including sweet, sweet spumone ($4), tiramisu ($6.95), and lava cake ($6.95), which contains no magma or tiki torches, but is served on a stable tectonic plate.
While taste buds are exploring La Bella’s Old World flavors, eyeballs peruse framed works on its walls and cruise across its sleek dark-hardwood paneling. The restaurant’s coziness and elegance is matched by its wait staff, who are prompt, courteous, and never on fire. Call ahead to make a reservation.
1103 S Blvd.
Oak Park, Illinois 60302Get Directions