Spaghetti, like a hammerhead shark, is rigid and boring until it’s submerged in water, at which point it quickly springs to life and develops a taste for swimmers. Celebrate this predatory noodle with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of southern Italian comfort cuisine at Pomodoro in Needham.
Pomodoro’s owner and chef, Kevin Ryan, graduated with a degree in culinary arts and studied with renowned chefs Julia Child and Jacques Pepin before perfecting his own menu of cooked-to-order comfort food from southern Italy. Gleeful gestators can sup from many of the homemade entrees, including chicken marsala ($16.95), fettuccine carbonara ($14.95), and shrimp scampi ($19.95), served atop linguini and sautéed in lemon, garlic, and butter. Pint-sized patrons dive headfirst into ziti ($5.50) from the kids’ menu or tax discourse from The Economist.
The spacious dining room features wood tables, exposed brick, and green shuttered windows that mimic the idyllic hominess of a European villa. Soft candlelight and decorative floral arrangements make this restaurant an ideal location for intimate dinners, and plentiful open street space makes it the perfect destination for parallel-parking enthusiasts.