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 $20, you get $40 worth of fine Italian fare at Matteo's Ristorante Italiano in Noblesville.
Matteo's Ristorante Italiano's golden lighting shines off gleaming wine bottles, pumpkin-orange walls, and elegant Italian cuisine laid out on white linen tablecloths. The dinner menu kicks off with tender, flash-fried calamari nestled beside a dollop of lemon and tomato sauce so flavorful it strengthens the nose's resolve to get promoted to a taste bud ($9). Penne norcia showcases al dente tubes of pasta smothered beneath homemade italian sausage and tomato cream sauce ($14.75), and spaghetti del golfo interlaces jump shrimp with white-wine- and marinara-coated noodles ($14.25). Carnivores can sink fangs into a 15-ounce T-bone steak topped with a grilled portobello mushroom and a giant tiger prawn ($29). Matteo's also serves a family-style menu that spotlights larger portions designed for sharing or making giants less self-conscious on blind dates.
Matteo's Ristorante Italiano
Matteo DiRosa grew up in Sarleno, Italy. In 1999, he moved to Indianapolis, where his two brothers had already started restaurants of their own. To get his foot in the door of the restaurant industry, Matteo worked as a waiter under his brother, Arturo. During that time, he met Emily Herner, who also worked at Arturo's restaurant. Romance between the two bloomed like a freshly planted spaghetti tree, but so did a business partnership—in 2003, Matteo and Emily decided they wanted to forge their own legacy, and Matteo's Ristorante Italiano was born.
With its high ceilings, pumpkin-colored walls, and thick, forest-green columns, Matteo's Ristorante Italiano exudes elegance and charm. Matching music, such as the smooth voice and beatboxing savvy of Dean Martin, trickles from the speakers, and artwork and awards dangle from the walls. Amid the restaurant's inviting ambiance, diners gather around tables piled with authentic Italian dishes, such as pollo amore and linguine puttanesca.
40 N 9th St.
Noblesville, Indiana 46060