When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Paganelli's. This Groupon is valid at the locations in Toronto and Vaughan.
Formerly known as Romagna Mia, Paganelli's and its eponymous chef and master salumiere, Gabriele Paganelli, whips up a multifarious menu of authentic Northern Italian cuisine, featuring homemade cured meats alongside pastas, sauces, and desserts made from scratch. Partake in midmorning munching with the weekend brunch menu, populated by sweet and savoury nibbles including piadina alla nutella, Romagnolo-style flat bread coated in an ambrosial patina of chocolate-and-hazelnut spread ($7.95). Chefs artfully stuff pasta pillowcases, like candy hoarders on Halloween, with ricotta and swiss chard before bathing them in a butter-sage sauce with asparagus, completing the ravioli alla piacentina con asparagi dish ($16). The bufala pizza is a crispy halo festooned with freshwater buffalo mozzarella and sliced tomato ($19) that spins into mouths with the vigour of a friendly disco DJ. The risotto alla forma con tartufo e asparagi features truffle and asparagus risotto flambéed tableside in a parmigiano-reggiano wheel ($25).
Snap rugged-looking photos of friends, family, or rugged family-friends against the dining room’s exposed brick walls while imbibing in a delight from Paganellis' extensive wine list. A post-feeding-frenzy dessert menu deftly silences the incessant chattering of sweet teeth with sumptuous sugar-laced treats.
Andrea Boscherini, the head chef at Paganelli's Risotteria, once known as Romagna Mia, introduces palates to the fare of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, where he grew up, by making traditional Northern Italian sauces, pastas, and pizzas by hand. He also whets appetites with charcuterie plates of house-made cured pork and beef through his duties as salumiere—an Italian term that roughly translates to "meat wizard." Visitors can even bring the tastes of the eatery's delicious meats home by grabbing a pound of Paganelli's pancetta or salami—made from naturally raised meats from family farms. The Italian traditions continue in the dining room, where families gather around candlelit tables to tuck into award-winning risottos, Romagnolo-style seafood stew, and shanks of veal paired with imported Italian wines.