Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Nibble on less patriotic symbols with today's Groupon: for $39, you get an Italian dinner for two at La Torretta Ristorante (up to a $77.98 total value) in Scottsdale. The dinner for two includes:
• Any two Food for the Gods entrees (up to a $25.99 value each)
• A bottle of red or white house wine (a $26 value)
La Torretta unites top-notch service with an authentic Italian menu to create an elegant dining experience. Pairs of hungry patrons can unleash a flurry of forks, teeth, and elbows on entrees such as the salmone con salsa della vodka—Columbia delta salmon tastefully smothered in a vodka cream sauce and surveying tables from atop a petite mountain of penne noodles. Envelopes made out of pasta deliver secret lobster messages signed with a warm sage sauce to taste-bud pen pals with each bite of the ravioli farcitti dell'aragosta. The lasagna al saltimbocca confronts buttoned bellies with layers of handmade ribbon pasta filled with sauce, wild mushrooms, veal, and prosciutto. A shared bottle of red or white house wine highlighting grapes from California’s central coast and Italy can work wonders in enhancing entree flavors or hydrating throats parched after soliloquies from Hamlet.
While stomachs envelop nourishing dishes, patrons’ eyes can absorb visual sustenance as they gaze upon La Torretta's Renaissance-style oil paintings and Italian-inspired stained-glass fixtures. The outdoor patio wraps guests a scenic dining environment with breath-borrowing views of McDowell Mountains and brings diners one step closer to having the moon hit them in the eye like a large pizza pie.
La Torretta Ristorante
Visitors to La Torretta Ristorante are immediately confronted with visions of Old World Italy. Classical imagery permeates every inch, from a large mural depicting a lounging woman under the watch of joyful putti, to a stained-glass reproduction of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. The patio offers more naturalistic views of the McDowell Mountains, as well as nightly glimpses of the maintenance crew that flips the power-on switch for each sunset. The restaurant's bill of fare also appeals to traditionalists. House specialties include the New Zealand rack of lamb, served with roasted potatoes, tomatoes, and fresh mint jelly, as well as the pollo farcitio formaggio quattro—a boneless chicken breast that's stuffed with prosciutto, mascarpone, fontina, and gruyere and then doused in a marsala-mushroom demi-glaze. Grape sippers can pore over an expansive wine list, searching for the American or Italian bottle that includes the tastiest miniature ship.