If you ever called nonna's cooking casual, you’d wind up with a wooden spoon cracked across your backside. Not the case at Rotelli, a proud to be formality-free Italian restaurant with a menu that would still make grandma proud. Pull up a chair at the family-friendliest table with today’s deal: for $8, you get $16 toward your dining, carryout, or catering bill from Rotelli. For the dine-in option, your Groupon is good at the Belmont Ave., South Ave., and Mahoning Ave. locations in Youngstown, forcing you to suffer through the restaurant’s inviting and friendly atmosphere.
The service is somewhere between leisurely sit down and blazingly fast, a perfect compliment to the restaurant’s middle-ground nature, though the menu definitely takes the high road. It’s full of the eats that little Italian schoolchildren dream about at the moderate prices papas and mammas sing about in the shower.
Begin your feast with deep-fried zucchini ($5.99) or spinach and artichoke dip ($6.99). Then you have some thinking to do. Decide if tonight is a pizza, sandwich, pasta, or seafood night, or if everyone should pretend to be 12 and order from the kids' menu. Pizzas come in 10 inches ($5.99 without toppings; $7.18 with toppings) or 16 inches ($9.99 without toppings; $11.69 with toppings). Or you can choose from one of their gourmet pies, from their signature margherita ($6.99 for a 10-inch; $12.99 for a 16-inch) or a Napoletana with sausage, pepperoni, toppings and pecorino romano cheeses ($7.99 for a 10-inch, $14.99 for a 16-inch).
If you prefer your pizza folded, grab a stuffed calzone ($8.99). Or if you’d rather your food not be some sort of pizza variation, snag a sub such as the chicken parmigiana ($6.99) or a veggie wrap ($6.99). The pasta selection is quite extensive and features classics such as meat lasagna ($10.99) and ziti diavolo ($11.99). Seafood fans will fawn over the pelagic depth of oceanic offerings, ranging from linguine with clam sauce ($11.99) to salmon arrosta ($14.99), a pan seared salmon served in a roasted garlic lemon wine sauce over sauteed tomatoes, red onions and spinach, with a side of linguine. On the kids' menu, prices for tikes are $4.99 and are simple dishes, such as butter noodles that are less likely to be thrown back in your face by disgruntled mini eaters.