Though spinning massive amounts of dough above one's head is an amusing way to display a coin collection, it requires superhuman stamina to maintain. Rest your triceps and leave the dough spinning to the pros with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pizza and Italian fare at Montana's in Freeport.
Classic and contemporary Italian flavors flare up at Montana's, shining under the guidance of seasoned chef Giuseppe Montana, who continues to craft recipes passed down from a venerated grandmother of the Montana family. As parties settle into latticed chairs, unfolding cloth napkins from their places, they can whet appetites with petite pizzetti, traditional thin-crust pizzas frequently served in Italy. The Grandma style ($9), inspired by the Montana matriarch, uses an age-old sauce as a base for fresh mozzarella, basil, and well-to-do peer pressure about eating more in front of Grandma. Entrees, spanning pasta, vegetables, and meats, arrive in individual or family-style portions. House-made gnocchi ($14 for individual; $24 for family style) swap ghost stories beneath a carpet of melted mozzarella, and veal scaloppini draped in a mushroom-and-cognac sauce accessorizes with prosciutto and fontana cheese ($18; $28).
Inside the restaurant, colorful art pieces adorn the crème-colored walls hugging three inset booths. Friday and Saturday evenings contain complimentary entertainment, feeding hungry ears as well as mouths. And if any daily special particularly charms diners, Montana's can make the dish on another visit, if given 24 hours' notice to purchase ingredients.