Sculptors chisel away at marble to reveal the masterpieces locked within, just as diners carve away at lasagna, hoping it transforms into a Picasso worth enough to pay for dinner. Search for the art world's next magnum opus with today’s Groupon to Ristorante Ferrantelli in Dana Point. Choose from the following options:
*For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks at dinner.
*For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare and drinks at lunch.
Ristorante Ferrantelli's culinary wunderkinds craft Italian dishes that spotlight handmade pasta made on-site and pair with a voluminous selection of wines. Dinner-menu delicacies include the cioppino ($26), an assortment of shrimp, bay scallops, mussels, and clams scintillated by spicy tomato broth and sordid yarns about sportfishing. Protein pangs can find solace in the pollo parmigiana ($17), a sautéed chicken breast baked beneath layers of cheese and a river of marinara; lobster and mushrooms unwisely seek shelter from devouring dentition in the ravioli cardinale ($28). Mid-day breaks are greeted by a lunch menu with options that range from a caesar salad topped with garlic croutons ($6) to panino con proschiuto, a flat-bread sandwich that mixes tomatoes, mixed greens, and mozzarella with prosciutto ($12). An extensive wine list and full bar accompanies savory solids and showcases Italian vintages such as the citrusy Terramia delle Venezie pinot grigio ($10/glass, $38/bottle) or the Case Sparse chianti ($8/glass, $30/bottle), which treats diners to the aromas of cherries, fresh fruits, and mysterious cork-mine breezes.
Columns and open walls lend an understated elegance to Ristorante Ferrantelli's dining room, accented by rich draperies hanging on windows and entryways. Outdoor seating boasts shade from umbrellas during daylight hours, and lighting shines over evening meals and impromptu optometry exams.