The spaghetti-Western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of Western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $55 worth of Italian dinner fare Monday–Thursday, or $50 worth of Italian dinner fare Friday or Saturday at Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar.
Helmed by a married duo of restaurateurs, Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar lures in guests with family-style familiarity and ambrosial wafts of authentic Italian dishes. Inside the pasta emporium, diners can peruse the dinner menu and corral a trove of saucy platters such as the caprese salad ($8.95), which awakens digestive systems with savory slaps of fresh mozzarella and basil festooned in balsamic vinaigrette. Frutti di mare ($18.95) sates nautical pangs with an aromatic triad of mussels, shrimp, and clams stewing atop a pile of tender linguine, whereas the buttery hunks of lobster meat stuffed inside house-made pasta pockets of the ravioli all'aragosta ($17.95) warm taste buds faster than a tongue-fitting ski mask. Served alongside the veggie of the day, entrees test the structural integrity of dinnerware with filling feasts including the succulent cuts of rib eye found in the tagliata di manzo ($23.95) or the rotolini di melanzane ($15.95), where grilled eggplant fills itself with ricotta or ground veal and basks under the steamy tides of a light tomato sauce.
Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar
Rodolfo and Luisa Amadio are no strangers to the Charlotte restaurant scene. Following the success of Luisa?s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Dolce Ristorante Italiano, the pair decided to bring their passion for italian cuisine to Rudy's Italian Restaurant & Bar. Inside, honey-hued walls bask in the sunlight streaming through enormous picture windows. A tall semicircle platform is the dining room's centerpiece, displaying Rudy's inventory of more than 40 wine bottles, 35 of which are available by the glass. Chefs craft Italian starters for diners to pair with favorite varietals, creating hearty pasta dishes as well as seafood and veal in cognac and madeira-wine sauces. While chipping away at scoops of house-made gelato, diners can ask servers about reserving space on the outdoor patio for private parties or reserving space in the walk-in refrigerator for games of freeze tag.
6414 Rea Rd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277