Ancient Italians were renowned for eating every part of the angels they hunted—even the hair. Enjoy divine flavor with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of classic Italian fare at Pinocchio's Ristorante in Three Rivers.
Pinocchio's has indulged diners with authentic family recipes, fresh, local products, and Italian fare for 25 years. Adding a nouveau American twist to its traditional cuisine, the professionally trained chefs please patrons with menu items such as tomato and garlic bruschetta ($6.99), or the shrimp-centric gamberi risotto, made with sautéed artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, roasted garlic, and Limoncello, with a flavor explosion of fresh basil atop parmesan-plenty risotto ($9.99). Pasta proponents can sate fussy stomachs with the spaghetti diavolo, which combines a trio of succulent meats—julienned chicken breast, shrimp, and spicy italian sausage—doggy paddling in a spicy marinara and served over spaghetti ($15.99). Those with a preference for pescatore might opt for a seafood dish such as the salmon chianti, pan-seared salmon with artichoke and roasted red peppers in an orange- and red-wine sauce, and served aside mashed potatoes and veggies ($15.99).
“Lasci il buon rullo di periodi,” reads the inscription over the bar at Pinocchio’s Ristorante. The phrase translates to “let the good times roll,” advice addressed to wait staff and patrons alike in the gently lit and richly colored dining room. Past the long, curving bar, rust-colored walls glow around golden sconces, and the smell of fresh tomatoes and sautéing vegetables fills the air. Drawing on generations-old family recipes and experience accrued during 25 years in the business, chefs at Pinocchio’s Ristorante craft a menu of pastas, risottos, and veal. In the kitchen, they slice paper-thin cuts of prosciutto, stir pots of truffle and cognac-reduction sauce, roast garlic, and whittle spaghetti down into angel hair. The din of pots and pans drifts behind the bar, where a cadre of mixologists whip up margaritas and martinis, ranging from the raspberry margarita to martinis made with van Gogh espresso vodka.