Authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of the culture from which it springs and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Tongue-tour the Boot's best with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fine dining and drinks at Osteria d’ Assisi in Santa Fe.
Osteria d’ Assisi's chef and owner Lino Pertusini learned the dark, delicious magicks of Italian cooking from his chef father in Lake Como, infusing his passion for gourmet flavors and presentation into every dish on his menu. Guests can begin weighing down their linen-draped table with baby shrimp and crisp, golden calamari rings dipped in a spicy tomato sauce ($10.95). The fettuccine verdi alla Carolina ($18.95) dresses its chicken breast in a summery sundress of spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and a cream sauce, and the agnello al rosmarino con mostarda ($34.95) spices a grilled rack of lamb with rosemary, mustard, and thyme, then bathes it in a red-wine sauce. Osteria d' Assisi can finish on a decadent note with the tiramisu dei dolgi ($7.50) and a chaser of Frangelico-infused cappuccino ($8.50).
Osteria d' Assisi echoes the warm tones and incessant mandolin background music of an Italian home kitchen in its saffron walls, exposed brick, and enormous vases overflowing with lavender and vibrant floral arrangements. Beach umbrellas give patio-dwellers plenty of shade and a prime people-watching perch next to the Santa Fe Plaza. International pianist Faith Page can be seen performing at Osteria d' Assisi every Friday and Saturday.