The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's deal. For $15, you'll get $35 worth of contemporary Italian cuisine at Lorenzo's Trattoria on the Hill. If you redeem your Groupon during lunch hours (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday), you'll also get a free appetizer or dessert, which would give this Groupon a total value of up to $46.
Prolific young gastromind Larry Fuse Jr. opened Lorenzo's in 1999 to offer an alternative approach to Italian cuisine in the area, one that adds a touch of contemporary flavor to North Italian fare using house-made gnocchi, succulently sauced meats, and pasta shaped like happy-face emoticons. The dinner menu is heavy on these finely crafted flavors. Starters of steamed mussels ($8.50), creamy polenta with mushrooms and Italian sausage ($8.50), and house-made goat-cheese ravioli ($8.50) prime raging appetites for a taste parade of pasta dishes, including fettuccine Alfredo ($13.95), seafood-centric linguine ($14.95), and risotto with veal and chantrelle mushrooms ($14.95). Heartier hungers can sate themselves with fish and meat entrees like the celebrated chicken Spedini stuffed with spinach and pancetta ($17.95) or the restaurant's signature dish: braised osso bucco with saffron risotto and orange gremolata ($23.95). Polish off a plate of traditional tiramisu ($6.95) or cinnamon-amaretto bread pudding ($7.50) for dessert, before bolstering spirits in true Italian fashion with a bracing shot of Ribolla Nonino Grappa.
Elegant buttercream-hued walls, warm lighting, and a welcoming green-and-white-striped awning create an inviting and unpretentious setting for a romantic first date or a smart lunch of Lorenzo's acclaimed salad with a piping-hot roasted-garlic pepperoni and black-olive calzone ($8.95). Tables of five or more can combine two Groupons for $70 worth of food and drinks, so invite your entire team of mutant superheroes to a florid feast at Lorenzo's Trattoria. Reservations can be made by phone or online.
- Lorenzo’s Trattoria nails the traditional preparation of osso buco Milanese. The risotto is delicately flavored with saffron, and the braised veal is given a flourish of orange gremolada before serving. – Catherine Neville, Sauce
- The people here are eating "rustic" Italian food — a.k.a. vittles di northern Italy…With its emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce and simplicity, we tend to like the rustic stuff the best. – Randall Roberts, Riverfront Times
- Though it’s become easier to find modern Italian food in the decade since Lorenzo’s Trattoria opened, it’s by no means the standard. That’s especially true on The Hill, where longtime restaurants continue to turn out Nonna’s beloved specialties. Chef-owner Larry Fuse, on the other hand, uses classic ingredients in innovative combinations, like the steamed mussels with a little tomato served over polenta, the mussel juice waltzing with the corn of the polenta. – Gayot
- They add an interesting twist to traditional Italian cuisine. The food is excellent, service is great, drinks are generous. The restaurant [sic] itself has a very nice floorplan and is decorated tastefully. Great place for a date. – VicVegas, Citysearch