Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a pasta meal for two at Salute!, located in Midtown (up to a $118 value). Pasta meals includes the following:
- Two appetizers or two salads (up to a $25 value each)
- Two pasta entrees (up to a $29 value each)
- One dessert (up to a $10 value; excludes piatto di frutta fresca, chocolate soufflé, zabaglione, and gianduja mousse). This deal is valid for brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday as well as lunch and brunch on Monday and Friday. <p>
Salute!, famed restaurateur Gennaro Sbarro’s culinary tribute to the edible traditions of Italy and its geographic neighbors, constructs handmade pasta dishes from fresh, flavorful ingredients. Dining duos can sharpen incisors on the insalata di astice e spinaci novelli, a brunch starter of chilled Maine lobster and black truffle vinaigrette, or stretch jaws around a di campo dinner salad of mixed greens drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and triple-distilled happiness. The brunch menu, brimming with four pasta options, sates late-morning cravings for brandy-infused ravioli di astice, and the lunch menu presents black and white fusilli, a crab and sea urchin pairing that tap dances across a stage of fresh tomatoes. Evening eaters can delight in any of the dinner menu’s eight noodle concoctions, such as the ravioli di manzo—creamy wild-mushroom sauce blanketing a bed of dough pillows stuffed with braised beef. Round out a carb-loaded meal with one of Salute!’s sweet treats, including tiramisu, gelato, or sorbet.
Inside Salute!, guests can sink weary limbs into ivory-colored chairs as fabric-covered pendant lights glow against contemporary wall artwork and illuminate patrons debating which came first, pasta or tomato sauce. Salute!’s attentive staff pours a complimentary mimosa with brunch and can help guide vino virtuosos to fermented-grape drinks hiding on a lengthy list of fine wines.
Salute!'s central Manhattan eatery fuses Italian and American culture within a warm, curtain-lined dining area that's also ideal for large parties and group events. House specialties such as braised beef ravioli and pan-seared seafood entrees illuminate the dinner menu as bartenders shake custom cocktails such as Salute Lemonade, a house blend of Absolut Citron and limoncello. Like a UN daycare, the capacious wine cellar houses bottles from around the world, and daytime passersby can meander in for lunch or a hearty weekend brunch spread.