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: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fine dining at Rino’s Italian Ristorante. The restaurant is only open for dinner and is not open on Sundays.
The litany of dishes detailed in Rino’s menu reflects a careful attention to authentic Italian culinary traditions and a focus on fresh ingredients cultivated in the personal garden of the chef himself. Reveling in an Old World atmosphere complete with candlelit tables, leather-upholstered booths, and robot barmaids, guests can prime palates at a snail’s pace with an order of escargots ($9.99). The beef-stuffed pasta squares of the ravioli dello chef come adorned with bolognese sauce, italian sausage, and parmesan cheese ($16.50). The kitchen prepares its linguine alla pescatore by piling tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and six meats of the sea on a noodle bed and reading them a story ($23.50). Quell carnivorous cravings with veal parmesan sautéed in butter and shrouded in prosciutto, parmesan cheese, and marinara sauce ($28.50), or wolf down a roasted rack of lamb ($33.50) without having to rent a sheep costume.
Diners can sample these comestibles in the dining room between walls bedecked with stained glass and artwork or outdoors on Rino’s grape-arbor patio, a quiet, vine-laden spot in which to savor house-made, fruit-topped cheesecake ($6.50) or let wines from the eatery’s extensive wine list wax nostalgic about their origins.
Rino’s Italian Restaurant
For nearly 30 years, Rino’s Italian Restaurant's chef and owner, Rino, has crafted authentic Italian cuisine with ingredients from his own garden after researching dishes' historical and regional significance. Old-World ambiance pervades the dining room, where plated gnocchi, beef ravioli, and lasagna top cloth-draped tables surrounded by high-backed leather chairs. An extensive wine list supplies supple reds and crisp whites to pair with veal, steak, and seafood dishes. Wooden barrels, oil paintings, and stained-glass panels of vintners laze in guests' peripheries, and rustic charm spills from the dining room onto a grape arbor, where patrons can gaze at the stars or marvel at the waxing moon's smoothness.