Ancient Italian meals consist of 146 distinct courses, or one for each Roman emperor except Augustus, whose favorite food was curry. Savor a post-empire meal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of traditional Italian fare at Pranzo Italian Grill in Santa Fe.
Pranzo's kitchen staff tosses, sautes, and grills authentic Italian fare for lunch, dinner, and late-night meals, often amidst live performances by praised Broadway pianist David Geist. Pasta selections wrap around menus and include spaghetti con polpette di carne, whose meatballs are rolled from grass-fed, daisy-tickled beef and tucked in a marinara-mixed bed of the eponymous noodle ($12.95 for a half order; $18.95 for a full order). Mezzaluna con anatra ($21.95) stuffs house-made red-chili pasta with goat cheese and pine nuts before drizzling it with duck confit and a shallot-truffle cream. After basking under the sun of the roaster, the osso buco d'agnello—a house specialty starring lamb shank ($32.95)—takes a dip in a leisure pool of red-wine reduction with polenta floaties. Chefs also slide eight pizzas in and out of a bicycle-powered oven; pies range from the classic margherita ($12.95) to the mushroom-, artichoke-, and truffle-oil-strewn pizza con funghi ($14.95).
The terrace-level Geist Cabaret offers views of the Santa Fe skyline, and the room's namesake—praised by musical legends such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and Bustopher Jones—performs several times each week. Though this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, diners may supplement their meals with vino from Pranzo's selection of more than 250 wines.