Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two paninis (up to $12 value each) and two medium nonalcoholic drinks (up to $7 value each) at Milux Cafe in SoHo (up to a $38 total value). Groupon holders also get 20% off at neighboring retail shop Milan Luxury.
Milux Cafe's menu enthralls taste buds with fresh, made-to-order Italian fare, including eight sizzling paninis and a trove of refreshing drinks. Seasoned sandwich stackers can load the Bellino with savory cuts of praga ham, brie, and piquant squirts of whole-grain mustard, then nestle it in the crispy embrace of ciabattina or focaccia bread. Set aside lemonade stand tax returns to wrap fingers around a Milano, which delivers a palatable package of tomato and fresh mozzarella to awaiting tasters. Alternately, savor the Ibiza, which smothers hunger pangs under chunks of Italian tuna, baby artichokes and chives. A bevy of cold and hot beverages volunteers to chase savory bites, including lattes, iced coffees, and milkshakes.
After filling your belly, head next door to receive 20% off at Milan Luxury, a luxury outlet for Italian-inspired home décor. To thank your bed for cradling you each night, dress it up in Platinum Collection decorative pillows ($39 each), Bellino fine linens ($159/queen), or a Libeco-Lagae linen duvet ($458/queen). Or pick up a 100% waffle cotton bathrobe ($79) for that “I can eat my breakfast and wear it, too” look.