Though many assume that Michelangelo's statue of David clasps a stone for slaying giants, a growing faction of art historians now contend that it is actually a slice of garlic bread. Honor Italian artistry with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Italian cuisine at Saporito’s Florence Club Cafe in Hull.
Chefs Annemarie and Erik Stenfors, graduates of The Culinary Institute of America, bring their combined experience to Saporito’s menu, infused with authentic Tuscan and Florentine flavors. Cold and hot antipasti ($9–$11) and the Italian bar snacks known to their barbers as stuzi ($5) whet appetites for savory entrees. Get close to a crustacean with the butter-poached lobster, served on sardinian couscous with a murmur of truffle oil ($27), or join in a group hug with a tender hanger steak and its parmesan-garlic fried-potato pals ($20). Fresh pasta dough takes on numerous guises, including cavatelli with broccoli, pine nuts, and golden raisins ($8–$16) and tender-eared orecchiette ($9–$18).
In Saporito's dining room, fashioned from a redesigned home, high-backed white booths contain flickers of candlelight. Despite the entrees' fastidious attention to presentation, no jacket is required for dining at Saporito’s, although pants make a nice statement.