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: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks at La Cucina Ristorante in Tecumseh.
La Cucina Ristorante re-creates the flavourful dishes of Italy, pours a wide selection of wines, and envelops diners in Old World–style decor. The dinner menu highlights chicken and risotto variations such as the involtini di pollo, a boneless chicken breast topped with asiago-cream sauce and stuffed with prosciutto, asparagus, and provolone ($23). The risotto primavera awakens slumbering senses with a clattering drum solo and a colourful, aromatic blend of sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and peppers ($19). Further munchables include the garlic-sautéed black tiger shrimp in the gamberi all'arrabbiata ($13). Diners can pair these comestibles with wine-menu offerings via chaperoned blind dates. Wednesday through Sunday, La Cucina bakes fresh pizzas ($13+), shareable circles that complement compatriots opting for the eatery’s alfresco seating.