What You'll Get
Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian fare at Marcello Ristorante.
In a softly lit romantic setting, Marcello Ristorante unveils a mellifluous menu of traditional Apulian specialties imbued with a modern touch. Take a seat outside on Marcello’s leafy patio during the summer months, or warm up by the indoor fireplace while spinning forks and twirling baton-spoons to improvised arias. Start with the insalata di spinaci, a fattoria-fresh heap of spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, and gorgonzola doused with balsamic vinaigrette ($4.95 small/$7.95 large). The pollo cacciatora, a boneless chicken breast ensconced in spicy tomato sauce with onions, bell peppers, olives, fresh herbs, and white wine ($17.95), adds pizzazz to the palate without investing in a tooth-mounted marquee. Or listen in on inner-stomach conversations with the house favorite orecchiette Valeria, featuring little-ear-shaped pasta bathing in a creamy tomato sauce with pancetta, prosciutto, and parmesan and pecorino cheese ($15.95). Reservations are recommended.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Marcello Ristorante
Inside Marcello Ristorante, a beveled wood ceiling draws the eye down to the dining room's centerpiece––an enormous copper-hewn pillar that houses a smoldering fireplace. Its warmth matches that of the rich prawn-, pancetta-, and eggplant-laden sauces of Marcello's expansive pasta offerings, all served amid wooden wine shelves and colorful abstract paintings. Tomato- and mozzarella-based starters prepare palates for a second course of sautéed veal or chicken in a delicate wine sauce. After enjoying a glass of chianti or prosecco on the rustic garden patio, guests can return inside and peruse Marcello's decorative wall pieces, which include vases, patterned china, and jugs stained with the brittle remains of Louis Pasteur's first milk mustache.