A restaurant meal is incomplete without its after-dinner mint, which cleanses the palate before patrons gnaw a subterranean tunnel home. Chew the scenery with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Romeo Cucina in Laguna Beach.
Romeo Cucina’s culinary titans forge an extensive menu of hearty, authentic Italian fare to populate tables in a warm, brick-lined dining room. The rigatoni Giulietta tosses veggies and fresh tomato sauce in a collage of tube-shaped noodles ($13.95), and the cioppino flaunts an edible medley of fresh mussels, swordfish, and scallops afloat in an herbaceous broth ($21.95). Pizzas include the margherita ($9.95), a mozzarella-laced pie with more calcium than a stalactite sundae, and the pollo impanato piles marinated tomatoes atop a breaded chicken-breast foundation ($16.95). A full bar wets whistles, and Romeo Cucina’s friendly staff makes authentic dining a hassle-free affair, unlike other Italian restaurants that require guests to board a 14-hour flight to Venice before ordering a drink.
At Romeo Cucina, the chef prepares fresh pastas daily, from gnocchi to stuffed ravioli and tortellini, alongside a menu of pizzas and other Italian specialties such as veal scaloppini and linguine with fresh clams and mussels. Both eateries also share a similar inviting décor, with white linen-covered tables along with Italian-inspired art on warm yellow or exposed brick walls.
249 Broadway Street
Laguna Beach, California 92651