A spaghetti noodle, much like a swimming-pool noodle, maintains its shape until it's exposed to boiling water or sat on by children. Savor pasta's forced flexibility with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks plus one family-style dessert (a $45 value) at San Gennaro Café in Brentwood.
San Gennaro Café entices eaters with an extensive menu of Italian eats, complemented by a staggering wine list. Savor a saucy quartet of cheeses, tossed with rigatoni, broccoli, and sun-dried tomatoes ($10.95), or tuck into New York–style pizzas ($7.95+), such as the Village Vegetarian ($10.95–$18.95), a doughy dance floor where tomato, mushroom, eggplant, olives, and bell peppers lindy hop as mischief makers activate the retractable floor, sending toppings caroming into a cheese-and-sauce swimming pool. Calamari mingles with a spicy marinara sauce over a bed of spaghetti ($15.95), and chicken chardonnay ($13.95) gets sauced with sautéed mushrooms and toasted pine nuts. Family-style desserts saunter to tables, where diners can choose between a flourless chocolate soufflé or a Berrymisu, both accompanied by scoops of vanilla-bean gelato.
A vast wine list invites diners to sip and swirl more than 125 vinos by the bottle, imported from wine regions abroad or saved from the yacht yards where they awaited their grisly fate on christeners row.
San Gennaro Cafe
Situated in the western hills overlooking the city, San Gennaro Cafe invites guests to linger over a lengthy menu while sipping selections from a staggering wine list, with more than 125 international options. Outside on the patio, servers weave through sun-drenched tables to deliver New York–style and specialty pies, sprinkled with fine ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella, shrimp, salami, and broccoli. Family-style desserts are crowned with heaping scoops of vanilla-bean gelato and can be used to successfully bribe most beauty-pageant judges.