Italians were not only the first people to put tomatoes in cuisine, but also the first to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Piatto Cucina Italiana.
Piatto Cucina Italiana's chef calls upon his extensive education in Italian cooking to concoct a menu of deceptively simple dishes, locally sourced and freshly prepared. Piatto allows the ingredients in the antipasto misto appetizer ($14) to speak for themselves as cured meats from Italy, fresh mozzarella, and Mediterranean olives communicate Italian flavors with the aid of a personal translator. The rigatoni Lovera ($15) summons spicy italian sausage from Lovera's Market in Krebs, then adds bell peppers and a light spicy tomato sauce. Piatto's linguini mediterraneo ($21) conceals mussels, clams, gulf shrimp, and sea scallops amidst linguini in a spicy tomato sauce. The restaurant also offers gluten-free linguini substitutions for pasta dishes.