Italian food and wine go together like macaroni and art projects or eye-patches and pellet-gun-juggling competitions. Pair concordant flavors with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian dinner fare at La Notte Due in Darien.
La Notte Due indulges epicurean appetites with Italian fare prepared from scratch with trans-fat-free oils. Wrap famished forks around one of the homemade pastas, such as the baked cavatelli ($15.95) or the Manicotte Lanotte ($14.95). The restaurant has plenty of dishes to sate seafaring cravings, from the Tilapia Giovanni ($18.95) to the shrimp francese ($21.95). The chicken parmesan rests wrapped in a cloak of cheese ($17.95), and the veal al marsala arrives as tender as thoughtful U.N. Secretaries' General Day cards ($22.95). Dark-wood chairs and non-crayon-able cloth table-covers invite eaters to linger while sipping on wines from Argentina, Chile, France, and other far reaches of the globe. A glass of La Ginestra from Tuscany tap-dances across taste buds ($6), while California’s pinot noir boasts a rouge so deep it could seduce even colorblind tongues ($8).
La Notte Due
The Chicago Tribune highlighted La Notte Due as one of the top places for takeout in Darien, particularly for its "pillowy and light" gnocchi with spicy arrabbiata sauce and spaghetti Bolognese. The Italian eatery is also a welcoming spot to visit in order to enjoy the homemade pastas and other Italian specialties, such as veal piccata, fresh from the oven. Couples can enjoy a romantic meal paired with a bottle of wine from Tuscany or Chile, and families can dine together at a long row of tables to celebrate the end of their generations-long feud with the McCoys.