Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fine Italian cuisine and drinks at Noto’s Old World Italian Dining.
Named a 2010 Diners’ Choice by OpenTable, Noto’s Old World Italian Dining earns its acclaim with an authentic menu of traditional Italian insalata, seafood, and pork dishes. Noto’s award-winning menu of wines lists more than 900 Italian varieties, and upwards of 9,000 bottles—with wine for any dish on the menu.
The outermost fork trembles excitedly at the sight of an insalata cesare ($9) drizzled in traditional caesar. Soon, an antipasti della casa ($12) platter of meats, olives, and cheeses arrives in the center of the table—ideal for sharing with friends or devouring in a Hungry Hungry Hippos–like way. As empty dishes are whisked away, a first-course risotto del giorno ($20) emerges from the kitchen. After palates have been thoroughly whetted, a plate of bistecca alla siciliana ($28) is presented, its lightly pounded rib eye coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, charbroiled, and served with homemade ammoglio sauce.
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