Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian dinner fare and drinks at Primavera Restaurant.
Established in 1985, Primavera serves up authentic North Italian fare in a casual setting. Feast your imagination on a menu abounding with homemade pastas, fresh seafood, and chops. Then feast your mouth on the real thing, made material by extracting dream particulates from the brain of a sleeping Italian grandmother. Commence your meal by ordering up a bottle of wine or round of cocktails from the fully stocked bar, and give yourself something to wash down with a plate of oven-baked soffiatelli pastry shells, stuffed with four cheeses and pink sauce ($7). Seafood risotto brims with calamari, shrimp, scallops, and mussels in red or white sauce ($20), and a tender pork fillet dons a chic stole of bacon and eau de sun-dried tomato ($17). Veal rack chop grilled with Bordelaise sauce ($29) and New York strip-steak cacciatora ($24) cater to beef-eaters that need a great deal of protein to successfully guard the Tower of London.
Housed inside a pleasant pastel-covered shopping center dripping with bougainvillea, Primavera features ample free parking for a quick and stress-free transition into feeding time. Enjoy your meal amid a tasteful dining room filled with white tablecloths, warm wood bar finishes, and potentially lickable wallpaper.
At Primavera, executive chef Giacomo celebrates the cuisine of his native Italy with a menu of mouthwateringly authentic northern-Italian treats. Like a cuckoo clock that runs on ethanol, the appetizing bill of fare combines contemporary influences with Old-World traditions, dishing out house-made pasta and tender veal cutlets served alongside fresh catches of the day and wholesome risottos. Tender veal chops and colorful salads arrive tableside amid the relaxing ambiance of the rustic, cream-colored walls, or guests can mingle over glasses of flavorful wine at the full-service bar. In addition to gracing tables with delicious spreads, Primavera's helpful chefs impart their culinary techniques with occasional cooking classes—two-hour demostrations that prep students to prepare light meals, glean understanding of wine pairings, and add realism to imaginary garden parties.