Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Marisa's Ristorante, in Trumbull.
The dedicated culinary team at Marisa's constructs menu items, such as hearty steaks, pastas, and seafood, amid an elegant atmosphere accented with ivory tablecloths and soft lighting. An appetizer, such as the imaginative four-cheese-stuffed mushrooms ($8), puts makeup on the stomach before its main performance, the gargantuan 36–38 ounce porterhouse steak ($38), which cannot fit into many medium-sized pieces of luggage. Entrees also include the chicken marsala, which fuses marsala wine and a demi-glace with mushroom risotto ($18), and the butternut-squash ravioli and lobster, buttressed by shallots and wine ($25). In addition to pleasing tongues, Marisa's Ristorante assuages jealous ears with live music every Saturday and Sunday night.
- I was blown away by the superb quality of the food, the size of the portions, the moderately priced menu, and the friendly and attentive service. – I. A. S861261, Zagat
- Another must is the Kobe Sliders and the best Rigatoni Alla Vodka EVER ! Great bar area with plasma tv's [sic] everywhere. The owners are always there to make sure the place is run to perfection and it shows. – food critic, Yahoo! Local
Cast Iron Chop House
In 1988, Marisa Marini opened Marisa's Ristorante, now known as Cast Iron Chip House, with her two sons. Marisa's son Attilio Marini helms the kitchen which crafts original Italian family recipes alongside high-quality steaks. The eatery’s menu also entertains tongues with dishes such as house-made lasagna, chicken parmigiana smothered in mozzarella cheese, and pizzas topped with fried italian hot peppers, mushrooms, crushed plum-tomato sauce, and clams. The restaurant regales more than taste buds, though. Every Friday night, a high-energy dueling-piano show takes the stage, and on other nights, the stage is occupied by comedians and patrons belting out their favorite karaoke tunes.
6540 Main St.
Trumbull, Connecticut 06611