Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Roman Emperor Caligula famously appointed a plate of lasagna to the Senate. Elect to eat decadently with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine
Cooks upgrade traditional mac 'n' cheese with hunks of lobster ($10.95) and reprise a traditional recipe for the caprese salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and a balsamic reduction ($9.95). They fill pockets of ravioli ($15.95) with different ingredients daily, and toss six types of seafood, including crab and calamari, into frutti di mare ($24.95). See the full menu.
Though it's been a family secret since 1936, Mangia Mangia owners Emilio and Maria Dacoba award ample clues to guests who come dine at their tables topped with red-and-white checkered cloths. The secret's in the sauce—specifically, Nonna Rosa's spaghetti sauce, a family favorite that flavors many of Mangia Mangia's dishes. Along with creating Italian feasts the traditional way using family recipes, the duo caters to dietary restrictions with gluten-free pasta options and gluten-free crusts on some of their pizzas. For parties too large for the normal dining room or too devoted to wearing hoop skirts, Mangia Mangia also offers a 70-seat banquet room, an ideal locale for family reunions and rehearsal dinners.