Dining out spares people from using up the last of their paper plates or incinerating the last of their paper ovens. Reduce your disposable-cookware footprint with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale Italian and Greek fare for dinner at Mike's Rigatoni Bistro in Peoria.
Mike's Rigatoni Bistro transports dinner diners to the gastronomic hubs of Italy and Greece with a menu of authentic Mediterranean dishes. Spark appetites with an appetizer such as the saganaki—lightly battered Greek cheese set ablaze tableside, remedying the long-lamented inedibility of the Olympic torch ($7.99). Four cheeses and fresh spinach nest within the chicken breast of the involtini di pollo, wading in a marsala-wine-mushroom sauce ($13.99), and the dolmathes, grape leaves embracing lamb, beef, pine nuts, and rice, continue the theme of inter-food-group cuddling ($12.99). After the main course, guests can linger in comfy booths while sipping a glass of wine, such as a Vendange pinot noir ($4.75), or scooping up a house-made dessert such as the chocolate-dipped cannoli filled with rum- and cinnamon-scented ricotta ($5.25).
Mike’s Rigatoni Bistro
Mike’s Rigatoni Bistro is a hub for authentic Italian and Greek cuisines, including house-made pasta entrees and dishes cooked with ouzo, an anise-flavored apéritif that symbolizes Greek culture. Meat specialties span flavors from opposite sides of the Mediterranean: the Grecian-style myconos chicken lazes alongside sun-dried tomatoes, fresh oregano, and Kretikos wine, and the Italian-style milanese chicken scaloppini sports homemade parmesan-herbed breadcrumbs and veal demi-glace. Pasta entrees include noodles drenched in clam sauce or the lasagna al forno, stratified with meat sauce, ricotta, and house-made sausage to lend the plate more layers than Dante’s famous disco inferno. Comfortable red booths ensconce guests as Old World wreaths and curios recall a rustic country villa.