Restaurant dining frees homeowners from the stresses of creating a balanced meal, permitting them instead to focus on the stresses of decision making. Welcome an abundance of choices with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian dinner fare and drinks at La Guardia Cuisine and Pizzeria.
The culinary wizards at La Guardia whip up a dinner menu brimming with fresh, homemade Italian fare, including casseroles, seafood, and nine varieties of veal dishes. Noshers can enter into feeding frenzies and pacts to eat only Italian eats forever with nibbles of the lightly seasoned barbecued quail starter ($5), and the manicotti fiorentina casserole treats tired tongues to mozzarella-topped pasta pillows stuffed with ricotta cheese ($16). Chefs set up shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams to mingle among arborio rice in the risotto del mare, a complimentary match to a light tomato and wine sauce ($20). The charbroiled rack of lamb arrives at tables swathed in a house spice rub ($18 for a half rack; $34 for a full rack), and the vitello al limone doles out sautéed veal medallions in creamy lemon sauce ($17) to hard-working stomachs in recognition of years of steadfast gobbling support.
Complement an evening of satiety with La Guardia’s selection of domestic and imported wines. The intimate, dimly lit dining room provides continuing respite through the evening, and live in-house entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. can prompt even the most rigid of shoulders to shimmy as though vacationing in a maraca.
Soft light fills the air at La Guardia, which has been serving traditional Italian fare since 1979. In addition to pastas, chicken, and steak, the menu stars 15 veal dishes, such as vitello saltimbocca, a Roman specialty that douses veal medallions and prosciutto in a butter, wine, and sage sauce. Chefs celebrate seafood on two of their eight specialty pizzas, with a fresh tomato and crab meat pie and a crust heavy with calamari, cuttlefish, octopus, and anchovies.