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 in Detroit, Michigan, or Mario’s Italian Grill in Troy, Michigan.
Mario’s seasoned culinarians, serving up traditional old-country cuisine since 1948, craft lunch and dinner menus brimming with a slew of Italian favourites that include salads, pastas, seafood, and meaty entrees. Kick off a round of chewing, chatting, and gesturing as experienced waiters don appetizers such as Mario’s relish tray, stacked with peppers, pepperoncini, radishes, salami, portobello, and cocktail sauce ($10.95/person). Dinner entrees include chicken parmesan ($21), broiled sea bass ($25), and the steak Diane, a succulent slab of new york sirloin that's flamed in cognac before simmering in brown sauce and dijon after a hard day's grill ($30). Pasta entrees, such as linguine with clam sauce ($19.95) and ricotta lasagna ($19.95), include antipasto salad and daily soup, a dining experience similar to eating at an Italian grandmother's kitchen table, minus listening to vehement rebukes of the soaring price of rolling pins. After main courses, reward hard-working taste buds with a dessert of fresh strawberries romanoff ($9), crepe suzette ($9), or fresh fruit ($5).
Speckled throughout the chandelier-lit dining room at Mario's, 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 theatre district, prepping preshow noshers with a full meal, and ballroom dancing is offered at both locations on weekends.
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.