What You'll Get
Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional Italian fare and homemade desserts at Lemoncello Cafe & Lounge in East Rochester.
Owners Fausto and Massimo Albano, who hail from the Basilicata region of Italy, win over American palates with a menu brimming with southern-Italian flavors. Culinary expeditions begin with appetizers such as the Sicilian-style fried calamari accompanied by kalamata olives and asiago cheese ($10.95). The Lemoncello pizza selection features 20 red and white personal pizzas ($10.95), uniting shaved parmigiano, fresh arugula, tomatoes, olive oil, and lemon juice to form a doughy creation more impressive than the Sphinx, which is made entirely of buttermilk biscuits. Dive fork-first into the egg-battered Lemoncella artichoke resting atop a bed of angel-hair pasta and drizzled with a lemon-and-white-wine reduction ($18.95). The lasagna topped with rich marinara sauce wedges layers of ricotta, mozzarella, beef, pork, and spinach between its pasta shelves ($13.95). Homemade gelato leads a pack of sweet-tooth-sating desserts as live music makes nightly appearances—like the boogieman and Jay Leno.
Lemoncello Cafe’s eye-catching interior accommodates groups of visitors with several artfully arranged dining areas such as the Red Room, doused with warm colors and a speakeasy bar with high-definition TVs. Diners can also enjoy their meals in the outdoor courtyard, where red umbrellas shield guests from the sun’s rays and dive-bombing weather balloons. The outdoor courtyard is also open all four season thanks to an enclosure and heaters.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Not valid with any other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.