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 Italian fare at Nino’s Italian Restaurant in Signal Mountain. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare, valid Friday–Sunday.
- For $10, you get $25 worth of Italian fare, valid Monday–Thursday.<p>
The epicurean alchemists at Nino’s Italian Restaurant simmer fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes into sauces and layer eggplant and prosciutto for a menu that compiles authentic Sicilian recipes of different denominations. Warm breezes wrap around patio diners forking into farm-raised mussels in wine sauce ($9.95 for lunch; $15.75 for dinner) or savoring pancetta and capers lounging on rigatoni noodles ($8.95 for lunch; $14.25 for dinner) that are cooked until they’re as perfect as a manicure done by Michelangelo. Savory sauces slather specialty pizzas such as the prosciutto pie ($7.99 for lunch; $12.25 for dinner) or a circular congregation of sweet roasted red peppers, red onion, and artichoke hearts ($9.25 for lunch; $13.75 for dinner).
Patrons can add their own finishing touches, requesting a smattering of kalamata olives ($0.75) and the seafood flair of salmon ($3.50) or sewing a tier of velvet ruffles onto their pie. Low blood sugar gets a boost with the mousse crafted from real cream and Ghirardelli chocolate ($5.50). Tiramisu made by in-house architects dips imported Italian ladyfingers into espresso and spreads luxurious layers of mascarpone ($5.95).
Nino's Italian Restaurant
Nino Piccolo grew through adolescence in Sicily, where he acquired the culinary prowess to craft pizzas and pastas from centuries worth of classic Sicilian recipes. At Nino's Italian Restaurant, his dishes remain true to that cultural and familial tradition, stressing the importance of authenticity by drawing on ingredients imported from Italy and specialty cheeses imported from the moon. The salsiccia entree exemplifies Old-World tastes with fresh-ground italian sausage slow-cooked in tomato-basil sauce squeezed from fresh, vine-ripened fruit, and the Nonna entree, nicknamed "Grandma's pasta," edges out hunger with rigatoni under eaves of sweet, roasted peppers, pancetta, and capers. A façade of windowpanes allows natural light to fall upon red-and-white-checked tablecloths and a painting of a sunrise tinged with teal and yellow. Tabletop lamps illuminate plates and add dramatic flair to ghost stories indoors, whereas Mother Nature brightens an outdoor patio humming with ceiling fans.