Following an old family recipe takes an understanding of fractions, the ability to follow directions, and fluency in Morse code. Bypass confusing dots and dashes and eat out with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Savio’s Restaurant and Bar in Alexandria, Virginia.
Savio’s Restaurant and Bar populates its menu with authentic Italian dishes of seafood, fresh pasta, and veal. Chefs lovingly prepare the house specialty, veal medallions lathered in marsala-wine sauce ($13.95 for lunch; $17.95 for dinner). The ravioli a la rustica entree regales taste buds with baked beef, veal, and cheese ($11.95 for lunch; $14.95 for dinner), and a grilled swordfish steak swims through wine-gorgonzola cream sauce ($17.95) while making for a handy weapon for impromptu duels with mermen. Stomachs rumble at the sight of shrimp rubbing elbows with pesto and fresh mozzarella atop the pizza con gamberetti ($14.95), and the linguini agnello’s spicy strips of lamb hide beneath balsamic vinegar and tomato ($11.50 lunch, $15.95 dinner). The restaurant’s arches, flickering fireplace, and murals depicting sunny coastal scenes make diners feel like an ancient Roman emperor without having to teach their horse political science.