The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Today's Groupon employs delicious Italian cuisine to cut down on unfinished business: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Porto Bello.
Porto Bello devotes much of its menu to the northern and southern cuisines of Italy. Sea-fare-loving seafarers can begin their voyage with mussels doused in a broth of white wine, butter, lemon, and olive oil ($10.95) before diving palate-first into the Maine lobster ravioli, a lobster- and cheese-stuffed dish named for America's most ravioli-filled state ($22.95). Other entrees include the chicken saltimbocca, with prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, spinach, and roasted-garlic sauce forming a belly-pleasing brigade ($16.95), and the portobello mushrooms, served over penne pasta and accented by red-pepper-mascarpone sauce mined from local sauce mines ($13.95).
Porto Bello's décor offers up a warmth to match its dining, with exposed brick walls, wooden tables, and Italian-centric art populating the space. Sidle up to the bar and catch the big spelling bee on the flat-screen TVs adorning the back wall.