International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Savor some smuggled recipes with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Italian cuisine and drinks at dinner at Ristorante La Buca in Washington Square West.
Founder Gieseppe Giuliani, who was born and raised in Tuscany, takes an authentic Old World approach to crafting the mouthwatering Italian dishes found on the massive menu. Ease into an epicurean experience with carpaccio di bresaola, a tummy-rouser of cured beef, arugula, and goat cheese ($11.50). For a main course, diners can plunge a tongue into the delicious depths of seafood entrees such as the stuffed calamari ($18) or select their entree from a fresh-fish cart wheeled up to the table.
Landlubbing diners can select from a constellation of salads, veal, chicken, and seafood dishes, including the petti di pollo La Buca—a succulent poultry star with a corona of red wine, tomato, and juicy mushrooms bursting with more flavor than the final round of a rap battle ($15.50). Relax in La Buca's stunning interior lined with murals of rustic Florence and procure a libation from the full bar or sprawling selection of wines.
Washington Square West
711 Locust St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106Get Directions