Locked in deadly conflict for generations, the tongue’s five taste regions will grudgingly unite to enjoy an especially delicious meal or fend off an invasion of barbarian tonsils. Arrange an oral truce with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean fare and drinks at Leonardo’s 706.
The seafood-savvy chefs at Leonardo’s 706 transform fresh, local ingredients into buoyant Californian and Mediterranean dishes to quell appetites as deep as the blue sea. Taste buds dip their diminutive toes in the water with starters of cured-salmon mousse ($7.95) or a smattering of organic shiitake mushrooms luxuriating in a ginger-teriyaki sauce ($6.95). The dinner menu guards palatable plunder including Scottish salmon riding currents of dijon-dill cream sauce in a tender sea of angel-hair pasta ($17.95), and terrestrially tasty lamb chops blanketed with gorgonzola cheese and cushioned by pillows of sautéed spinach and mashed potatoes ($15.95). A selection of california pizzas tempt diners to sample coastal comestibles in their native pie setting with combinations such as pan-seared tuna with scallions, lemon, tomatoes, and red onions ($14.95). On Monday and Thursday evenings, live jazz occupies the aural real estate, captivating patrons and making unemployed jukeboxes angry enough to spit coins.
706 W University Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32601