Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon to Primo! Ristorante in Sarasota. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare.
- For $28, you get $60 worth of Italian fare.<p>
Primo! Ristorante’s head chef and owner Maurizio Colucci imbues his menu with flavors and traditions from his native Italy. Kick things off with the artichoke Casanova appetizer, which woos taste buds with a blend of garlic and four cheeses served inside a locket ($8). A dozen Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas emerge from a wood-burning oven laden with toppings ranging from prosciutto to gator meat ($15+). The marechiaro ($15), a mix of seafood bathed in pinot grigio wine sauce and served over angel hair pasta derived from a free-range angel farm, captains a crew of more than 15 homemade pasta dishes. The house specialty parmigiana tops baked veal with fresh basil marinara sauce ($18), and the eggplant rollatini eschews meat altogether in favor of ricotta stuffing and a canopy of tomato sauce and mozzarella ($14).
After honing his culinary skills in professional kitchens across Europe, chef Maurizio Colucci set up shop in Sarasota in order to treat Americans to the complex flavors of his native Italy. At his romantic eatery, he and his staff hand mix and form fresh italian sausage, toss gnocchi with savory bolognese sauce, and stuff shells with cheese and spinach until their belts no longer fit. Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas emerge from a wood-burning oven before they're whisked out to a covered patio, treating patrons to gourmet toppings ranging from capers to seafood.