Italian cuisine was born when, after building the city of Rome, Romulus and Remus discovered Greece didn’t deliver to their new address. Taste the origins of an empire with today’s Groupon: for $33, you get an Italian meal for two at The Original Antonio’s (up to a $69 total value). The meal includes:
- One appetizer (up to an $11 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $25 value each)
- One dessert (up to an $8 value)<p>
The chefs at The Original Antonio’s cull together pizzas, paninis, and pastas to create expansive menus of classic Italian fare at the Ansonia location. Diners can kick-start the meal or halt a companion’s incessant yodeling with an order of breaded, pan-fried mozzarella coated in marinara, then jump into the main course with the veal saltimbocca, veal medallions topped with prosciutto and mozzarella over a bed of spinach, glistening with a marsala wine and sage demi-glace. The chicken marsala’s boneless chicken breast bathes in a marsala wine sauce alongside flavorful mushrooms. As patrons sink forks or snow shovels into a saccharine dessert, signature mocha- and caramel-flavored martinis (not included with this Groupon) inspire conversation.
The Original Antonio’s
Christian and Antonio Setaro’s parents immigrated to the United States from Salerno, Italy, in the 1970s and opened Antonio’s Twin Oaks, an Italian eatery known for its homestyle cooking. Growing up around the kitchen, the brothers developed a liking for cooking that ultimately led to the opening of their own Italian eatery, The Original Antonio’s in Woodbridge. Later, they added locations in Beacon Falls and Ansonia.
At each restaurant, pasta headlines the menu. Shreds of romano cheese dust orders of homemade cheese ravioli, pappardelle with duck ragu, and rigatoni with plum tomatoes and italian sausage. Cheese also bubbles atop specialty pizzas and accentuates entrees built around shrimp, salmon, chicken, veal, or pork chops. The drink menu lists a bevy of dessert drinks, beer, martinis, and wine, nine of which are available by glass or cupped hands.