When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Ristorante Luci in Mac-Groveland. This deal cannot be used with any other offers, including Tuesday and Thursday dinner specials.
Ristorante Luci creates Italian fare with a classica flair and serves it within a warm, intimate atmosphere. Like the color of a slovenly roommate's sweatpants, the menu changes with the seasons, as the ristorante works with as many Minnesota-based farmers as possible to stock its larder with fresh, flavorful ingredients. Prepare for piquant pasta with a curtain-raiser such as the sautéed green beans ($10), partnered with an organic chopped egg and a dabbling of truffle oil. The fusilli alla Luci ($11) mingles its corkscrew pasta with grilled chicken, broccoli, and a garnish of red-pepper flakes. For something meatier, try the dish that's synonymous with Italy—slow-braised New Zealand lamb shank ($16)—which melts in mouths before unleashing stores of tomato and rosemary flavor. Schemes to get one's Iowan cousin crowned King of Malaysia are best concocted over a capper of homemade desserts, coffees, and cappuccinos.
With Ristorante Luci's red-orange walls, dim lighting, and atmosphere that's equal parts romantic and festive, you'll feel just as comfortable auditioning soulmate candidates in its intimate setting as you will debating the finer points of Battlestar Galactica with your local Supreme Court of Fanboys. Treat famiglia, amici, and amante to the region of Italy that's in Minnesota with today's Groupon.
Zagat rates Ristorante Luci's food 25, its décor 16, and its service 24. Citysearchers give the restaurant an average of four stars, OpenTable reviewers dish an average of 4.1, and 85% of 60 Urbanspooners like it:
- “As good an Italian as it gets in the Twin Cities”, this Highland Park “neighborhood legend” impresses with “consistently stellar” dishes to go along with “excellent” service; – Zagat
- The food is fresh, interesting, imaginative and surprisingly economical. The specials and the dinner special are astonishing values. It truly is a neighborhood gem. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 5/08/2010
Macalester - Groveland
470 Cleveland Ave.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105Get Directions