A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine and drinks at Luna Rossa Italian Grill, located in the Miromar Outlets in Estero.
Luna Rossa's chef, Carlos Hernandez, fashions a robust menu of authentic Italian dishes that hail from several of Italy's most prominent cuisine constituencies and burst with fresh herbs and ingredients. Forks fix into the house-specialty linguine con cozze ($17.95), whose fragrant full-shell mussels luxuriate under a blanket of house-made marinara crafted from tomatoes that have been hand-squeezed to free them of seeds, water, and work-related stresses. Resplendent vodka cream sauce presides over lobster-stuffed ravioli ($16.95), and the oven-baked lasagna's sonorous quartet of cheeses woos taste-bud sweethearts with its flavorful refrains ($14.95). Gourmet pizzas include a mouthwatering trio of 14-inch circles teeming with signature sauces and vibrant veggies ($15.95 each).
Chews harmonize to the melody of live tunesmiths on Saturday afternoons, with local crooners Perfect Gentlemen gifting makeshift music-note bouquets from noon to 3 p.m. Diners can tipple a signature martini indoors from Luna's full bar or bask in outdoor seating while sipping from the multinational list of wines available by the glass, bottle, or flowerpot.
Luna Rossa Italian Grill
Amidst the clatter of pans and hiss of bubbling pots, head chef Antonio Enriquez spends days laboring over his renowned marinara sauce, squeezing tomatoes by hand to painstakingly removing seeds, water, and skin. Hernandez ladles this and other homemade sauces onto pastas, gourmet thin-crust pizzas, and chicken, veal, and seafood specialties. He only uses fresh produce and herbs to concoct his menu of made-from-scratch regional Italian fare, ensuring that every dish boasts bold, robust flavors.
In the dining room, bartenders whip up their signature pink Luna Rossa martinis—a nod to the restaurant's name, which translates as "pink moon" in English—or dole out international wines by the glass, bottle, or trough. Diners can also seek shade beneath vibrant umbrellas on the outdoor patio, or bust out their antique ear trumpets to enjoy the songs of local crooners Perfect Gentlemen, who serenade guests every Saturday afternoon.