Spaghetti, like a hammerhead shark, is rigid and boring until it’s submerged in water, at which point it quickly springs to life and develops a taste for swimmers. Celebrate this predatory noodle with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare at Mario’s Restaurant's location in Detroit or Mario’s Italian Grill in Troy.
Mario’s seasoned culinarians, serving up traditional old country cuisine since 1948, crafts lunch and dinner menus brimming with a slew of Italian favorites that include salads, pastas, seafood, and meaty entrees. Kick off a round of chewing, chatting, and gesturing as experienced waiters bring appetizers, such as Mario’s relish tray, a platter stacked with peppers, pepperoncini, radishes, salami, portobello, and cocktail sauce ($10.95 per person). Dinner entrees include chicken parmesan ($21), broiled sea bass ($25), and the steak diane ($30), a succulent slab of New York sirloin that's flamed in cognac before simmering down in brown sauce and dijon after a hard day's grill. Pasta entrees, such as linguine with clam sauce ($19.95) and ricotta lasagna ($19.95), include antipasto salad and daily soup for a full-on dining experience similar to sitting at an Italian grandmother's kitchen table, minus having your cheeks lovingly pinched and listening to vehement rebukes of cell phones and modern salt shakers. After main courses, reward hard-working taste buds with a dessert of fresh strawberries romanoff ($9), crêpe suzette ($9), or fresh fruit ($5).
Speckled throughout Mario's chandelier-lit dining room, round tables sport elegant cloth coverings and family style seating, lending the upscale eatery a formal, yet relaxed vibe perfect for wooing a date or mastering the art of spoon levitation. Mario’s Restaurant in Detroit is located near the theater district, prepping preshow noshers with a full meal and ballroom dancing on weekends is offered at both locations.
Steeped in tradition, Mario’s Restaurant has served up old-school Italian cuisine since 1948, when it opened as a casual but luxurious supper club. The crystal chandeliers cast warm light on tables covered in white linens, which attentive servers top with a vegetable and relish tray the moment diners are seated. As chefs prepare house specialties tableside, the dining room fills with the rich aromas of buttery broiled lobster tails, veal piccante, and fresh pasta sauce. Guests can also take a whirl on the dance floor during ballroom-dancing sessions on weekends.