Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Sam's Ristorante in Rockford and Machesney Park.
The expert culinary squadron at Sam’s Ristorante concocts a menu of made to order Italian eats that run the gamut from presto to primavera. Customers can commence feasts by dunking calamari in tangy cocktail sauce ($9.95) or trudging cheese-filled fried ravioli through a misty tomato terrain ($8.95). A creamy tomato alfredo sauce coats a heaping portion of potato dumpling pasta ($12.95), while a bed of fettuccine supplies a foundation for mozzarella-topped tender veal, eggplant, and tomato ($15.95). Congratulate yourself for conscientious chewing with a plethora of Pepsi products ($2.35) and bask in the glow of a dining room ornamented with paintings and lit by a glamorous chandelier and flickering candles.
Flickering candles and a grand chandelier fill Sam's Ristorante's high-ceilinged dining room with a romantic glow. Graceful arches and painted landscapes foster a classic ambiance that carries through to the menu of traditional Italian cuisine. The kitchen crafts its own marinara sauce in house to add rich flavor to orders of veal parmigiana. Pasta varieties, including angel hair, ravioli, and fettuccine, tangle with morsels of seafood, veggies, and housemade italian sausage in specialty dishes. Sauces made with marsala wine and portobello mushrooms coat chicken breasts and center-cut fillets with more flavor than a spice-rubbed quilt.