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 homestyle Italian fare for lunch or dinner at Mamma Lucia of Reston in Reston.
The expert chefs at Mamma Lucia of Reston populate lunch and dinner menus with authentic Italian dishes that were deemed worthy of the 2011 Taste of Reston Judges’ Choice Ribbon for Best Food. Lunch farers stare hunger in the face before beating it over the head with meatball-parmigiana ($8) and italian cold-cut subs ($8). Insalata di mare ($15) unites marinated shrimp, calamari, and scallops to swirl taste buds in a shark-less sea of flavor. For dinner, patrons satiate stomachs with house-made lasagna ($14) or ravioli rose ($14), swimming in marinara sauce with a hint of cream and imported parmigiano cheese. Alternatively, the vitello parmigiana ($20) combines breaded veal cutlet, tomato sauce, and cheese to halt hunger like a seafloor stop sign halts judicious submarine captains. In between forkfuls of mouthwatering cuisine, diners can relax in Mamma Lucia's casual dining room or hang loose while admiring one of the restaurant's many widescreen TVs.