Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine at La Tosca in Bethlehem.
La Tosca’s dedicated kitchen staff rises each morning to handcraft pillowy pastas and other ingredients to headline the menu of Italian entrees, pizzas, and sandwiches. Wax sentimental about your past life as a Mediterranean starfish with the linguine cosa nostra, a maritime yearbook of shrimp, clams, and baby scallops slathered in marinara sauce ($23). Spigola in padella surrounds a helping of sea bass sautéed in Sicilian scampi sauce with the warm sweetness of an entourage of sun-dried tomatoes ($24). Carnivores draw the jealous tears of Poseidon by opting for the thin-cut, lean veal medallions of the vitello alla saltimbocca, which are accompanied by a symphony of mozzarella, brown demi-glaze sauce, and accordion-wielding slices of prosciutto ($23). The gnocchi della nonna raises the standard for pan-European unity with an Italian three-meat sauce and dumplings sculpted from Irish potatoes ($15), and the ravioli all'aragosta sends a signal of hope by reconciling ravioli and its estranged nemesis, lobster ($22).
La Tosca’s dining areas cosset patrons in the warm glow of subdued gold, which shimmers off Italian wall art and alabaster tablecloths. Though not included in today’s Groupon, La Tosca's servers tote an expansive wine menu along with other adult beverages such as bottled beer, martinis, and water endorsed by accountants.
La Tosca's culinary engineers follow the blueprints on a menu of traditional northern Italian recipes, authenticated by the Naples-born owner's taste buds. Chefs prepare every morsel from scratch, including pasta for the fan-favorite pappardelle and gnocchi dishes. The kitchen crew deftly designs seafood, chicken, and pasta entrees, but they're known for their mouthwatering treatment of veal, which they slice thin enough to double as an edible bookmark. In the dining room, rich tapestry drapes over large windows surrounded by cream-toned walls dressed with paintings and splashes of warm lighting. Candle-lit, wrought-iron lanterns rest atop crisp white linen used to disguise wooden tables as ghosts.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020Get Directions