Like eating a Monet painting or swallowing a jar full of 18th-century pennies, partaking of fine Italian dining is an elegant way to fill empty stomachs. Culture unrefined appetites with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Italian cuisine and drinks at Noto's Old World Italian Dining on 28th Street.
Named a Diner's Choice Winner 2010 for Notable Wine List in Michigan by OpenTable.com, Noto's Old World Italian Dining artfully presents homemade family recipes with casual grace. Garb bones in business-casual attire and begin your dinner menu promenade with the melanzane alla parmigiana, in which medallions of lightly breaded eggplant are diplomatically baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese ($16). Diners can then call for an entree encore with a concert of petti di pollo alla boscaiola, sautéed chicken breast blended with a mushroom medley, tomato, basil, and truffle cream ($18). While basking in the romantic ambience of evening entertainment and carefully minding your tuxedo T-shirt, tipple a glass from the wine list featuring more than 900 Italian imbibitions.
Today's deal is valid for dining in the restaurant only, not in the wine cellar.
Noto's Old World Italian Dining
The Noto family, starting their culinary career by selling candy and hot dogs at its video arcade in 1979, have since evolved into a full-service Italian restaurant. Intent on recreating homey, rustic cuisine that could have come from a family kitchen, the chefs rely on a seasonally rotating selection of ingredients, which they both source from local farmers and import from Italy. In order to make meatballs, italian sausage, and mozzarella in-house, they rely on generations-old family recipes that were passed down, much like the family's formula for creating critically acclaimed Mad Libs.
Although the dining room surrounds guests with olive-hued walls, sturdy columns, and a collection of framed landscapes, the downstairs wine cellar tempts parties with a smattering of tables amid the space's intimately lit brick archways. This room also shelters the restaurant's 10,000-bottle-strong wine list, which includes more than 1,100 Italian wines and garnered yet another Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2014.
6600 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546