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 $25, you get an Italian dinner for two at Marco’s Trattoria in West Hollywood (up to a $54 value). The dinner includes:
- Two entrees (up to a $42 value, not valid on pizza)
- Two glasses of house wine (a $6 value each)<p>
Handcrafted pastas crowned in family-recipe sauces join hearty steak and seafood entrees to colonize Marco’s Trattoria’s authentic Italian menu, which caught the inky eye of the Los Angeles Times. Hungry duos can rest atop cheerful orange chairs or dangle from spherical lights as they send free hands on expeditions through a 6-ounce new york steak with red-wine butter or seared sea bass with roasted-red-pepper sauce. Daring cauliflower and kalamata olives tightrope-walk over fresh penne before gently cascading into the parmigiano-reggiano and rosemary-scented pasta depths of the cauliflower ragu. Pairs can mouth-dive into lobster ravioli or lamb-leg ragu spread atop fresh pappardelle pasta that trips heat sensors with a spicy marinara and heart sensors with a lovingly slow-simmered preparation. Guests should call ahead to reserve a spot in the recently renovated dining room or on the outdoor patio, which is speckled with orange umbrellas to block diners from the sun’s harsh rays and the moon’s pollen-induced sneezes.
The food at Marco's Trattoria found its beginnings in Florence, Italy, where Marco and his mother Franca Capanni were born. Franca came to the U.S. with her husband—a decorated World War II soldier who fought in Italy. She later moved Los Angeles with Marco and his brother and provided for them by working in Italian restaurants. In addition to helping Marco open his trattoria, she has another claim to fame: she appeared as the home cook in Daft Punk's "Revolution 909" video, directed by Roman Coppola.
Sixteen years later, the staff members have changed but the food remains tied to the Capanni legacy. The menu ranges from classic spaghetti with meatballs to a creamy risotto with sirloin tips, bleu cheese, caramelized onions, and mushrooms. You can pair such dishes with libations from an eclectic wine and beer list, which is regularly updated until Prohibition is reinstated.
8200 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, California 90046