Just as eating pasta is done most efficiently with a fork, eating pizza is done most efficiently with hands and a triangle-shaped mouth. Stuff your slice-receiver with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of pizza and pasta at Lucia's Italian Ristorante in Herndon or Sterling, Virginia.
Lucia's Italian Ristorante’s menu offers a robust selection of authentic Italian fare, which tickles patrons' taste buds with the traditional flavors of the boot-shaped motherland. Diner-farers inaugurate feasts by sharing appetizers such as the antipasto—a mélange of red peppers, grilled eggplant, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, prosciutto, and asiago cheese ($8.99). Incisors pick apart a whole host of pizzas––any of which can be ordered gluten-free––including the Capri, which employs a tropical torrent of jalapeños, pineapple, garlic, and shrimp to excite stomachs like an edible piñata ($17.99 medium, $23.99 large). Outside the empire of baked dough discs, epicurean engineers craft an array of entrees from top-secret family recipes written in Italian Morse code. The baked ziti meets waiting mouths with a flavorful coterie of baked pasta, meat, and cheeses ($12.99), and the linguini con pesto ($12.99) pleases palates with homemade pesto sauce.
Lucia’s Italian Ristorante is a team effort by the Impellizzeri family, which is headed up by native Sicilian Tino. At the feet of his Italian mother and a father who was a chef by trade, Tino mastered his family's recipes, which he now showcases on Lucia's menu. Tantalizing selections include housemade pizza, pasta, and from-scratch sauces. Many of the restaurant's pasta dishes and gourmet pizzas, including the chicken ranch, can be made in the kitchen without the use of gluten or blaring disco music.