Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon:: for $32, you get an Italian dinner for two at Rocco’s Italian Restaurant (up to a $64.70 value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $9.75 value)
- Two entrees (up to an $18.50 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $6.95 value)
- Two glasses of house wine (a $5.50 value each)</p>
For more than 25 years, ingredient whisperers at Rocco’s Italian Restaurant have referenced generations-old recipes to whip up marinara sauce and pasta from scratch, yielding a menu of classic Italian fare that was praised for its house-made flavor by the Gazette. After kicking off their feast with seafood-stuffed mushrooms or calamari rings, dining duos buckle their crampons and begin climbing the five-cheese lasagna, collecting samples of ricotta, provolone, and parmesan along the way for geological analysis. Like all of the restaurant’s Italian specialties, the shrimp scampi’s tiger prawns arrive at red-checked tablecloths accompanied by a choice of salad or soup. Sips of white zinfandel or chianti punctuate forkfuls of sirloin steak better than eating the comma off a keyboard, and chocolate-mousse cake and New York–style cheesecake compete to finish the evening with a sweet crescendo.
Rocco's Italian Restaurant
From the unassuming shopping-center storefront Rocco’s Italian Restaurant has called home for more than 25 years, you might not guess that what lies inside is, according to Nathaniel Glen of the Gazette, an “old-school Italian-American eatery” that “distinguishes itself as one of the good ones.” Chef Robert Tust and his wife, Laurie, have created the welcoming, casual environs of a traditional Italian restaurant in every detail, from the checkered tablecloths to the menu of freshly composed sauces and rotating specials. Bites brim with hearty flavor in house specialties such as the savory cannoli, which tucks sausage or meatballs into golden-baked dough, and brick-oven pizzas topped with ingredients such as sundried tomatoes and garlic pesto and flanked by teams of miniature masons to guard against falling bricks.