Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine at Sapori Trattoria Italiana, located in Collingswood, NJ.
This authentic Italian restaurant lures clientele with its impressive menu, which incorporates fresh products as well as imported ingredients flown in from the boot-shaped country itself. Diners can begin with the insalata di spek, baby rucola and red beets tossed with smoked prosciutto, toasted pine nuts, goat cheese and roasted peppers, tossed in a fig balsamic dressing ($9), then move on to the first course, traditionally pasta, which uses flour from Italy for the most authentic texture and taste. Opt for pasta plates such as the decadent fettuccine al ragu' d'astice, crowned with Maine lobster meat, shallots, and cherry tomatoes in a white wine-tomato cream sauce ($19.50), which is just right for quelling the insurgent appetites of seafood lovers and landlocked merpeople alike. For the second course, meat-masticators might try the all grass-fed vitello al grana, tender filets of veal sautéed with onion, garlic, capers, olives, oregano and roasted tomatoes, and crowned with shavings of grana padano, served with red chard ($20). The décor of Sapori is as meticulous as the menu, featuring stone and light wood accents, wrought-iron balconies, dramatic drapes, tapestries, statues, and chandeliers, all in a warm color palate that's elegant enough to please even the most rosy-cheeked 18th-century fop. The stunning ambience and exquisite menu options are perfect for a romantic dinner or celebratory meal, all of which can be complimented with your choice of salubrious potable, as Sapori is BYOB.
Zagat rated Sapori as "very good to excellent." Yelpers and eight Citysearchers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars. Eight TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes. Four Insider Pagers give it a four-star average.
*You owe it to yourself to go here... The food is delectable - absolutely amazing gourmet Italian fare. – Michael A., Yelp
- As I stepped over the threshold into the restaurant it was as if I was stepping into Italy. Ambiance is stunning and our lunch spectacular. – mommajojava, TripAdvisor
Sapori Trattoria Italiana
At Sapori Trattoria Italiana, Chef Franco Lombardo celebrates the flavors of his native Italy, and every inch of his restaurant reflects his vision for an authentic trattoria: he designed the dining room himself, from its stone walls to its wrought-iron balconies. Within this rustic, terra-cotta-hued space, Chef Lombardo plates traditional Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. If diners choose to partake in a “tasting dinner,” they’ll be treated to a visit from the chef himself, who’ll examine the shape of each diner’s taste buds and then tailor a five-course menu to suit them. Otherwise, diners can choose from an ample menu of pastas, seared meats, and sautéed seafood enhanced with fresh, all-natural ingredients—the veal is grass-fed, the seafood is never frozen, and pastas are rolled from scratch.