Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of classic Italian fare and wine during dinner at Panico's in New Brunswick. This Groupon is valid only at the 103 Church Street location.
Panico's culinary crew artistically plates a menu laden with time-tested Italian cuisine. Vodka penne ($17) conveys creamy sauce infused with fresh tomatoes, parmesan, and pepper vodka in pasta vessels as efficient as the marinara-stained aqueducts of ancient Rome. Inundate palates with a tender pan-seared rack of lamb ($29), nestled amid knolls of sweet-potato puree and tributaries of tangy mint vinaigrette. Diners rake into orders of homemade seafood ravioli ($19), which brim with succulent flakes of lobster and shrimp. Diligent servers painstakingly debone the grilled whole fish of the day ($29) tableside, using their arsenal of bone-extraction maneuvers and insider knowledge of the skeletal ejection button.
Consult Panico's extensive wine list to pair a glass ($7–$8.50) or bottle ($24+) of Italian or American grape elixir with each dish. The restaurant's welcoming digs surround guests with warming elegance like a king's blanket fort.
Inside an expansive dining room, servers float between elegant table settings carrying Italian dishes that have earned various accolades since Panico’s inception in 1987. Below the diffused light of wall sconces, conversations buzz along the expansive leather banquette as vodka-sauce penne, pan-seared lamb, and seafood-stuffed ravioli make their way from the kitchen. Diligent servers painstakingly debone the grilled whole fish of the day tableside before pouring bottles of red and white vino from the extensive wine list. To conclude meals or inadvertently incite stooge-level food fights, they serve a lineup of desserts that includes Italian sorbetti, amaretto cheesecakes, chocolate-chip cannolis, and apple and pear cobblers.