Tuscany’s rolling hills and quaint farmhouses often resemble tiny farms in the Midwest, minus the presence of chicken-nugget incubators and Doritos silos. Enjoy an Italian twist on earth-borne cuisine with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of elegant Mediterranean fare at Nick’s Tuscan Grill, located on East Park Avenue in Long Beach.
Nick’s Tuscan Grill satisfies everyone from large Italian families to one-man tribes of Time Lord descent with artful and hearty menu items. The warmly lit interior encourages comfortable eating and a calm conversational hum, while dishes such as the classic carbonara, with its spaghettini and prosciutto ($15/$23), immediately break poorly coordinated taste-bud strikes. Browse the menu before heading in for date night, family night, family-appreciation night, or family-collective-criticism night.
Nick's Tuscan Grill
An exposed brick wall hung with Italian posters and hanging lanterns stands by a bar with a stone base, matching the rustic feel of Nick's menu of Italian classics. It's a cuisine that's garnered attention from Newsday.com's Peter M. Gianotti who wrote that the eatery "delivers full-flavored and very generous Italian-American cooking that's just as welcome as any rare T-bone or minestrone di fagioli." He also mentions the pizzas, which chefs bake in a brick oven and can prepare gluten-free or oxygen-free for those accustomed to eating in the cold vacuum of space. Alongside such dishes, the eatery pairs chiantis from Tuscany and pinot grigios from Atlo Adige pulled from their hand-picked wine list.