Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $13, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Mezzo Bistro Italiano.
At Mezzo Bistro Italiano, chefs create nearly everything from scratch, from hand-rolled sausages and meatballs to decadent dressings and sauces that populate a menu of Italian favorites. Flames set the goat cheese- and sausage-topped Mezzo pizza ($14) and margherita pie ($14) ablaze inside the kitchen’s wood-fire oven, which the eatery imported from Naples in exchange for an Elvis impersonator. Each layer of gooey eggplant parmesan appeases veggie-craving tummies ($14), and house-made oriechette calabrese entangles mushrooms, spinach, and spicy sausage in a house-made sauce ($18). Freshly caught fish fills the frutti di mare with a hodgepodge of clams, mussels, hand-cut calamari, and shrimp, all simmering in a spicy sherry sauce with linguini ($22).
Throughout their feast, diners can sip 1 of more than 30 red and white wines by the glass, as they admire chefs at work in the open kitchen. Worn wood furnishings lend the eatery a rustic Italian feel, illuminated by chandeliers that hang from the ceilings and shine romantic light across savory dishes or a date’s poorly drawn eyebrows.