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What You'll Get
Welcome to Groupon, Fort Worth! For our inaugural deal, $9 gets you $20 worth of authentic Italian fare at Mandola's Italian Market in Arlington.
You're probably thinking, "That sounds great, but I've never bought a car or a computer without first reading the Wikipedia definitions for car and computer—I'm not about to buy a Groupon either without a briefing." Well, neither would we, and since this is everyone's first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Fort Worth: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (40 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll be emailed a gift certificate the next morning. You can print your Groupons, or redeem them with our iPhone app. Use them whenever you want until the deal expires—today's expires in one year. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
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Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair-to-middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $9, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare at Mandola's Italian Market. The eatery carries on its 98-year family tradition of serving Texans authentic Italian dishes in Arlington.
Take a gander at the expansively seasoned menu and start with an order of crisp, fried zucchini ($5) or the fresh tomato, basil, and garlic bruschetta alla checca ($6) before moving on to the hot-pressed Mamma's pot-roast panino ($8.50), with garlic and parsley stuffed top sirloin, slow roasted with gorgonzola and caramelized onions. Herbivorous paniniphiles will enjoy the vegetariano ($8.50), with grilled veggies, fresh mozzarella, artichoke spread, pesto mayo, and red-pepper relish, while their carnivorous companions nosh on the Stugotz ($9.50), with prosciutto, salami, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, artichokes, olive tapenade, and balsamic vinaigrette. Classic pasta favorites such as spaghetti carbonara ($10), with pancetta, cream, and egg, or the gnocchi al sugo ($10), fluffy potato dumplings topped with Mamma's sugo of pork-rib meat, pancetta, ground pork, tomato puree, white wine, and onions, are sure to please the anti-pizza crowd. Passionate pizza proponents can enjoy the pancetta, balsamic onion, and mixed-herb pancia pizza ($10). Traditional dessert selections such as the Italian cake trio ($9) and the homemade cannoli ($2 each, or $20 by the dozen) make as satisfying a conclusion to any meal as the end of any one of Marlon Brando's Lifetime movies.
The 225-seat café is nestled within Mandola's 6,000-square-foot authentic Italian market, which stocks imported tomatoes, pastas, olives, and olive oil alongside a fresh gelato stand and bakery. Your Groupon is only redeemable for dine-in at the indoor micro-Italy and is not valid on alcohol, so bring your appetite and that minx medieval Italian literature scholar you've got designs on for a tasty dinner of Italo cuisine.
- Deli meats—prosciutto, Genoa salami, mortadella, capicola, soppressata—are especially good, whether in pressed panini with melted provolone or cold subs such as the Mandola’s hero with flavorful chopped green olives. – D magazine
- We've been in twice to dine in and have had delicious gelato. The best is the vanilla bean, next orange cream and we also tried tiramisu. All very good and they give you a HUGE portion even for a small. – dudley421, Urbanspoon
- The pasta was made "in house" which if you love pasta you can definitely taste the difference. I had the meat ravioli and my partner had the chicken alfredo. It was fresh, hot, you could tell the sauces were made from actual tomatoes not tomatoe paste and the alfredo sauces was thick, creamy, flavorful with the perfect amount of spices. – Amanda, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must use in 1 visit. Not valid toward alcohol. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.