Modern Italian chefs work to honor their lineage by weaving new touches into age-old recipes, unlike the writers of General Hospital, who would like to forget seasons 11–23 ever existed. Watch the culinary melodrama unfold with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine at La Grotta Ristorante Italiano.
Chef Antonio Abizanda’s menu of upscale Italian cuisine anchors itself on authentic Old World flavors and fresh ingredients, landing La Grotta Ristorante Italiano repeated DiRoNA and AAA Four Diamond accolades. Hot and cold appetizers elegantly ease diners into their Italian feast, priming palates with melon- and mint-flecked prosciutto ham ($9.50) and sautéed snails served atop creamed spinach ($9.50). Gorgonzola-cream sauce cascades over the penne con verdure’s fragrant panoply of italian sausage, peas, and wild mushrooms ($19.25), and herb-crusted salmon filets ($22.95) drift from kitchens atop the soothing croons of an oar-twirling gondolier. Fawning diners can rain roses atop a spread of chef’s specialties, which include a veal loin scaloppine peppered in sautéed shallots ($24.95), before indulging in a culinary epilogue from the dessert menu, which includes a signature tiramisu stacked with mascarpone cheese, espresso, and amaretto cookies ($6.95).
Pristine linens cloak tables overlooking an idyllic outdoor garden, which diners can admire while sniffing, swirling, and dampening palates with a wine list composed of more than 350 vinos, each handpicked by co-owner Sergio Favalli. Complimentary valet parking is available, and patrons are encouraged to forgo the sandals and socks required by most restaurants for more elegant attire.
La Grotta Ristorante Italiano
You’ll never hear a cell phone ring at La Grotta Ristorante Italiano—the menu politely requests that guests silence their phones while savoring meals. This ringtone ban is one of many ways the restaurant strives to capture old-guard glamour. Other elegant touches include complimentary valet parking, a formal dress code that welcomes diamond-encrusted overalls, and a patio that overlooks a lush garden.
The sense of grandeur extends to La Grotta Ristorante Italiano’s menu of northern Italian cuisine, which has earned repeated DiRōNA and AAA Four Diamond accolades. Chef Antonio Abizanda stuffs roasted quail and succulent chicken with italian cured meats and cheeses, and tosses pastas with wild mushrooms and fresh herbs that are often organic and culled from local growers. To enhance dishes, co-owner Sergio Favalli, a native Italian who used to make vino with his father as a young boy, curates a list of more than 350 wines including Brunello di Montalcino, amarone, chianti, and other Italian varietals.