Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Munch on multiple options with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of tapas and wine at La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar.
La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar satiates palates with specialty pizzas and pastas as well as an assortment of hot and cold plates paired with pours of red and white wine. Fried sicilian olives teem with gorgonzola cheese ($10.99), and tomato, garlic, and capers recline on hunks of bruschetta ($7.99). Patrons can dunk hand-cut and breaded flash-fried calamari ($8.99) in spicy marinara dipping sauce blended from handpicked marinara beans. Rivulets of pinot grigio ($6/glass) or a cabernet sauvignon ($7/glass) infused with sensations of blackberry, plum, and cassis pair with plates of handmade grilled crab cakes topped with trickles of spicy chipotle seafood aioli ($6.95 each).
La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar's wood-floored dining room is ornamented with framed artwork and Tuscan–inspired murals. On occasion, chowing guests receive the pleasure of live music by minstrels who have strung their lutes with spaghetti.
La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar
Gazing at the Tuscan-inspired murals in La Gra Italian Tapas & Wine Bar's dining room as the aroma of Italian tapas wafts through the air, guests might think they've been transported to the old country. However, while guests haven’t been secretly teleported to a Florentine trattoria, you can hardly blame them for making the mistake. Small plates of tomato-, caper-, and garlic-topped bruschetta or flash-fried Sicilian olives stuffed with gorgonzola cheese map out bite-sized guides to Italy’s native tastes. Fresh Mediterranean-inspired ingredients also populate larger entrees such as four-cheese veal parmesan and pizzas topped with provel cheese, yellow squash, and spicy garlic cream sauce.
Pours of domestic or imported red and white wine add Euro-style complements to meals occasionally accompanied by the strains of live music. More than 20 martinis also showcase the resident mixologists’ creativity, with the Cosmic Sorbet boasting citrus vodka and cranberry juice supplied by the astronauts who lead each year’s fruit harvest on Venus. While dinner is served and drinks flow seven nights a week, guests can also rent the dining room, bar, café, or entire restaurant for private parties that accommodate up to 100 attendees.