Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Raffi's Restaurant.
Raffi's Restaurant seduces guests with a menu of hearty Italian dishes, a full-service bar that doles out fancy martinis, and an outdoor patio kept company by a fountain. The veal tuscany, a cutlet bathed in white-wine sauce, garlic, capers, pimentos, and mushrooms ($15.99), or a 16-ounce roasted rack of lamb, accentuated with cumin, rosemary, and garlic ($29.99), partner with merlot or pinot noir from the wine list ($14.50) to rough up and handcuff hunger. Raffi's also caters to kids or adults whose taste buds never hit a growth spurt with a children's menu and an in-house playground built using fish sticks. After dinner, patrons can sit or lie down at Raffi's full-service bar, the Palm Lounge, to swirl martinis while rehashing storylines from Garfield comics.
Raffi's Restaurant has perfected its menu of classic Italian dishes since its founding in 1989. Dinners kick off with appetizers such as crab cakes in creamy pesto sauce and toasted ravioli. Entrees arrive next, pleasing palates with bites of spicy shrimp diablo, rigatoni in a rich bacon, pea, and cheese carbonara sauce, and chicken saltimbocca topped with capers, mushrooms, and thin slices of egg, cheese, and bacon.
Wines complement each dish, as do cocktails from the Palm Lounge, Raffi's full-service bar. During warmer months, patrons can sample the Palm Lounge's stock of fine cigars on an outdoor patio that overlooks a bubbling fountain. There, they can blow smoke at their least favorite Internet memes while hooked up to the restaurant's complimentary WiFi.