Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian fare at Mandola's Italian Market. This Groupon is only valid in the restaurant at the Galleria location in Bee Cave.
As part of a long line of Italian restaurateurs, renowned chef Damian Mandola proudly ushers family-forged recipes onto Mandola's Italian Market's menu. The zucchini fritti mixes crisp fried zucchini with marinara sauce and lemon ($6), the meatball panini sandwiches combine "Mamma's" meatballs, romano, and melted provolone on a rustic bun ($10), and the Tortelloni Moda Mia stuffs pasta pockets with chicken, pork, mortadella, ricotta, and parmigiano before floating them in creamy currents of sauce, sprinkled with peas and mushrooms ($12). Crunch through one of the thin-crust pizzas, including the tetrad-cheesed 4 Formaggi ($10), fresh tomato-laden traditional Margherita ($11), or build your own with more than 19 choices from the topping toolbox and a table saw ($10, $1/topping).