Italian Food at Scarpellino's Restaurant & Catering (Up to 60% Off)

Scarpellino's Restaurant & Catering Annex

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In a Nutshell

Exquisite Italian food made with the utmost care and decadence

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Valid for Dine-in and carryout. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for existing promotions or discounts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $9 for $15 for Two or More People
  • $15 for $30 for Four or More People
  • $10 for $15 for Takeout

Artichokes: A Vegetable to Compete with the Centerpiece

Artichokes add zing to savory dishes, but they remain something of a rare treat. Learn why with Groupon’s look at this armor-clad veggie.

A whole artichoke resembles a bud in a bouquet addressed to the Jolly Green Giant. And although it may be best known as a vegetable, it is in fact a type of flower—a thistle, to be precise. It makes a pretty addition to the crisper case at the supermarket, but the appeal of an artichoke would be less than intuitive to anyone encountering the plant in the wild. The stalks are thick and weedy, and each petal of the bud is tipped with a thorny protrusion. To get to the creamy, mellow heart at the center, it’s necessary to strip away both the petals and the “choke,” the fibrous layer below them. The hearts then can be marinated, sautéed, or used in a number of French and Italian specialties. For a more eye-catching and social preparation, the whole head can be steamed and stuffed with cheese, bread crumbs, and spices, ready to have the good stuff sucked from the base of each petal where it meets the heart.

Semi-Forbidden Fruit

Artichokes are excellent sources of dietary fiber, as well as being rich in vitamins C and A, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. In Renaissance Europe, they were thought to have another benefit: rumor had it that they were a powerful aphrodisiac, such that it was considered scandalous for a woman to be seen eating them.

Bonus Points

  • Look for the artichokes during their prime growing season of March through May, or after the final harvest in October.
  • About 75% of the world’s artichokes are farmed in the tiny town of Castroville, California, which once crowned a very young Marilyn Monroe as its annual festival’s first Artichoke Queen.

Scarpellino's Restaurant & Catering

Scarpellino's Restaurant & Catering brings a touch of home cooking and Italian comfort food to Hartfod. The man behind the kitchen, Danny Scarpellino, makes everything himself, topping fresh bread with artisan meats and cheese, and simmering the house-made marinara sauce for dishes such as the porketta and meat lasagna. He even invents his own creative dishes, including fried squash flowers stuffed with ricotta.

Customer Reviews

Food was great,had 4 different items and all were delicious, meatballs, gnocci,rabe and sausage, and ice box cake...
Gayle M. · August 16, 2017
Great food just liked home cooked owners are very accommodating people. The menu is extensive and all delicious.
Josephine L. · July 24, 2017
Fresh Made Full and beautiful sandwich
Marc · April 25, 2017

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