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 $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare at Mandola's Italian Market. This deal is only valid at the Arbor Trails location.
The Mandola clan carries on a 99-year family tradition by making authentic from-scratch Italian cuisine in the one-stop shop that hybridizes a restaurant, a grocery store, and a bakery. A menu of Roman classics includes spaghetti carbonara, which dons a toga of egg and pancetta laurels as it soliloquizes before a forum of scallions and cream sauce ($11). Noodle masterminds splatter chicken and pork in homemade ricotta, cream sauce, peas, and mushrooms to construct the tortellini moda mia ($12). The restaurant doesn't skimp on robust Italian flavors in its vegetarian dishes, such as the fiorentina pizza with spinach, artichoke, and four cheeses ($12) or the portobello panini slathered in red-pepper mayonnaise ($9). Mandola's Italian Market's lively yet rustic brick-and-wood bistro promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, with child-size tables available and meatball training wheels attached to every entree.
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4301 West William Cannon Drive
Austin, Texas 78749