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 $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Sicilian cuisine at Lucia's Italian Ristorante, located in Herndon and Sterling, Virginia.
The chefs at Lucia's Italian Ristorante follow recipes culled from four generations of Sicilian family traditions to pack their menu to the margins with authentic dishes. Diners get gastronomical wheels turning with appetizers such as the antipasto platter of hearty vegetables, prosciutto, and asiago cheese ($8.99) and rosemary- and thyme-sprinkled focaccia sticks ($4.99), ideal for sharing or safely arming gingerbread fencers. The Sicilian—a thick-crusted pizza with romano, fontinella, provolone, asiago, tomato slices, and fresh garlic ($23.99 for a large)—combats hunger one slice at a time, and 14-inch gluten free pizzas ($10.99; $1/topping) laugh in the face of dietary restrictions. Herbivores sink teeth into the vegetarian spinach lasagna ($13.99) faster than meat-seeking incisors can wrench mouthfuls off of an entree such as the veal scaloppini doused with waves of mushrooms and marsala-wine sauce ($17.99). Meals conclude with sweet dessert flourishes such as napoleons—layered sweets traditionally eaten using only one hand.
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.