Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of pasta, pizza, and paninis at Leonardos Italian Cafe, located on the ground floor of Park Plaza.
Supervised by owner and native Neapolitan Leonardo Capezzuto, staff at Leonardos Italian Cafe serves up specialty pastas, pizzas, and grilled paninis in a “casual and unfussy” atmosphere praised by the Lexington Herald-Leader. Hungry hands can pluck pizzas by the slice ($1.75) or fling 14-inch disks festooned with a single topping ($8.99) into waiting mouths or nearby frisbee-golf baskets. Alternately, forks can swirl up specialty pastas such as the penne amatriciana ($6.99), which spackles penne pasta with house tomato sauce, caramelized onion, and bacon. A savory chicken breast roosts on a nest of spaghetti in the chicken parmesan ($6.99), and the turkey panino ($5.99) slides poultry and gouda cheese betwixt basil-lined bread halves and sheets of fresh tomato. To prevent the sweet sorrow of spoken goodbyes, end-of-meal mouths can stuff themselves with the literal sweetness of sicilian cannoli or tiramisu ($3.99).