Ancient Italians were renowned for eating every part of the angels they hunted—even the hair. Enjoy divine flavor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of continental cuisine with Italian flourishes and drinks at Rizzis.
Rizzis crafts a menu from the culinary cradle of continental Europe, nourishing its loyal customer base and earning it a Best Italian Food rating from MetroGuide. Initiate an intimate dinner or symbolize an intimate conversation about the hidden layers of one's personality with an appetizer of French-style sautéed artichoke hearts ($6.95). Nesting atop a bed of angel-hair pasta and decked with prosciutto, spinach, and shallots, the scallops Richard hook sea-faring palates better than a siren's lusty rendition of "I Adore Mi Amor" ($21.95), and the Ketchum Fra Diavlo douses chicken, clams, and mushrooms in a piquant red-clam sauce poured over linguine ($18.95).
Among other potions on Rizzis' extensive wine list, a Tuscan chianti from Castello di Gabbiano provides suitably authentic accompaniment to plate-loads of Old World flavor ($6/glass). An outdoor patio tucks patrons into warm summer nights, with flowers and plants sprouting from warm wooden enclosures that shelter diners from an outside world entangled by traffic and texting grandmothers.
When Rizzi's Restaurant head honchos Rick and Steve envisioned the eatery, they hoped to draft a casual atmosphere that fostered both family camaraderie and singular romance. Today, the dining room houses relaxed dinner dates and congenial social events ranging from engagement celebrations to Halloween parties. Chefs season every affair with traditional Italian and continental victuals. Dishes such as tenderloin asiago or chicken marsala receive reinforcement from a staid wine selection, with bottles hailing from the lush vineyards of Italy and the carmine grapes of Mars.