Taking dates out to a fancy dinner is the best way to impress them without sending a bouquet of rare orchids or spray-painting a haiku on the side of your rented Ferrari. Express emotions effortlessly with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Ristorante Murali in Arlington.
Ristorante Murali's Murano–glass chandeliers scatter light across murals of Venetian canals around tables heaped with signature pizzas, pastas, and meat dishes. Lamb sausage ground, stuffed, and lovingly serenaded in-house peeks out between traditional or whole-wheat penne pasta laced with a spicy tomato sauce ($14.95). The mouthwatering aroma of roasted garlic wafts from bubbly garden Riviera pizzas where artichokes cavort with red peppers and kalamata olives ($15) to tempt veggie-loving tongues.
Roasted filet mignon ($28.50) blanketed with mushroom-gorgonzola cream sauce burrows into a cushy pillow of polenta, and grilled peppercorn tuna ($18.95) emits a sizzling whistle audible only to taste buds and sous chefs. Auburn walls sweep around a dining room replete with glossy wooden tables and crimson-cushioned chairs, and a wrought-iron fence corrals eaters on the outdoor patio.
1201 S Joyce St.
Arlington, Virginia 22202