Giuseppe Garibaldi became an Italian national hero when he successfully unified the feuding states of Penne, Mostaccioli, and Rigatoni into a pastacracy wherein all noodles received equal representation. Enjoy the fettuccines of his labor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Mazara in the heart of Clayton.
Mazara's executive chef Todd Bale uses fresh ingredients to whip up a menu of authentic Italian tastes and feelings, such as abbondanza, mamma mia, and operatic heartbreak. In the process, he puts creative twists on traditional dishes throughout the dinner menu, including vitello alla Marsala (breaded veal cutlets with Marsala mushrooms over roasted-garlic and herb risotto, topped with truffle oil, $24), tutto mare (spaghettini pasta, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and lump crab tossed in white wine, tomatoes, and crushed red pepper $25), and involtini spaghettini (eggplant involtini rolls served over spaghettini pasta with mixed, grilled vegetables and marinara, $18). In addition to à la carte entrees, Mazara offers a three-course dinner menu for $25 and features daily lunch and dinner specials to keep your mouth on the edge of its booster chin.
Like a busybody Jane Austen character, Mazara's wine menu can matchmake your fresh fare with an impeccably sophisticated sip. Enjoy a glass of refreshing, tongue-tickling Zardetto Prosecco Brut ($9) from the relaxed outdoor patio on a hot summer night, or warm the throat for a night of aria karaoke with an Italian red Chianti Classico ($10) inside Mazara's cozy, bistro-like interior. The patio is also an airy, people-watchable setting for a lunch of classic margherita pizza ($11) or warm Italian panini (shaved ham, roast beef, soppresata, melted fontina and mozzarella cheeses, diced pickles, and horseradish aioli on ciabatta, $9), prefaced with an antipasti plate of carpaccio tradizionale (beef tenderloin seasoned with fresh-ground black pepper, olive oil, shaved garlic, capers, and pecorino cheese, $11). But don't let the antipasti come in contact with pasti or they will explosively cancel out each other's existence.
Two Groupons can be combined for tables of four or more, so invite along your fellow Planeteers whose power isn't Heart to a fancy feast at Mazara. Reservations are required, so call ahead.
- In a city chock-full of Italian restaurants, both fancy and plain, where an increasing number of restaurants have million-dollar-plus interiors, and where diners often pay more attention to celebrity chefs than the restaurant itself, unassuming Mazara, dishing out its straightforward fare, is a welcome addition. – Michael Renner, Sauce
- Mazara is welcoming and its food is well-prepared — nothing trendy, just a good, satisfying meal. – Joe Bonwich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Nice atmosphere, great service, good cocktail hour specials, fantastic menu - a fine spot! – Michelle Blumenthal, Urbanspoon