Italian delicatessens began slicing prosciutto thin to make it easier to transport in jeans pockets or to slip under a neighbor’s front door as a message of good will. Celebrate Italian ingenuity with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get an Italian meal for two at Polentoni in Culver City (up to a $138 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $16 value).
- Two salads (up to a $12 value each).
- Two entrees (up to a $38 value each).
- Two glasses of prosecco (an $11 value each).<p>
Twin archways of exposed brick vault over the threshold of Polentoni’s dining room, where authentic Italian entrees and handcrafted pizzas perfume the air. The menu’s roster of appetizers eases patrons into feasts, with options such as arancini, a fried cone of rice brimming with mozzarella and peas. Tomatoes, onions, garbanzo beans, and tuna bob in a sea of romaine lettuce drizzled with lemon dressing in the insalata chopped salad. Main courses range from tender morsels of filet mignon in a red-wine reduction to the quattro formaggi pizza, which bubbles, like Paul Bunyan’s fondue pot, with mozzarella, fontina, gorgonzola, and scamorza cheese. The sound of clinking glasses of prosecco bounces up against exposed beams. Rectangular sconces wash the room in soft, amber light and illuminate hardwood floors and patterned, scarlet rugs underfoot.
Polentoni Italian Restaurant
Chefs at Polentoni Italian Restaurant splash spicy tomato sauces over handmade pizzas, hearty pastas and risottos, and other mouthwatering Italian dishes. On plates, rich pesto and refreshing salads enjoy the company of piquant garlic, tender cuts of chicken, and creamy cheeses. Rustic brick walls, pristine hardwood floors, and streamlined wall sconces epitomize the restaurant’s contemporary design, which builds a cozy space where visitors can enjoy glasses of wine or knit comfy scarves out of noodles.