The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at fine-dining establishments, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Escape the gaze of your guardians with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine-dining fare at Pananas Restaurant in Agawam.
Pananas Restaurant continually surprises diners with a selection of upscale entrees that change with the season. The spring menu promises fresh options such as the grilled salmon, which is sautéed in creamy pesto before it comes to rest atop bitter greens and risotto-stuffed tomato ($21). Ensconced in an au poivre crust, the 16-ounce bone-in Delmonico steak frolics through sprinklers loaded with balsamic grilled onion and gorgonzola cheese sauce ($28). Pasta options abound, including farfalle aglio e olio, which adds zing to bow-tie pasta with breaded chicken and broccoli rabe sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper ($15). The stuffed artichoke Francese brims with sundried tomatoes, boursin cheese, and lemon butter sauce ($8). Since main courses rotate seasonally, chefs can take advantage of the migratory patterns of vegetables to guarantee access to the freshest ingredients.
Arched windows and decorative wood trim surround a dining room softly lit by hanging lamps and filled with red and gold embroidered chairs. On Fridays and Saturdays, diners enjoy an audio dessert of live music and entertainment events in Pananas' X-Lounge, which also features four 34-inch HDTVs. Check the menu page for updates and tips on the proper technique for folding napkins into miniature footballs.