Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Roman Emperor Caligula famously appointed a plate of lasagna to the Senate. Elect to eat decadently with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks for Two or More
Appetizers kickoff meals with flash-fried calamari ($12), sautéed spicy italian sausage with red peppers and kalamata olives ($10), and steamed mussels in red-wine tomato broth ($9), followed by entrees that include linguini with homemade veal-and-beef meatballs in marinara sauce ($16) and fettuccini with shrimp, baby clam, scallops, and mussels in pesto cream sauce. See the full menu.
Behind Sopra Ristorante’s exposed-brick walls, which are covered in framed art, chefs craft authentic Italian cuisine, such as mushroom risotto, homemade veal and beef meatballs, and chicken doused in an aged cognac cream reduction. Bartenders, meanwhile, complement meals with a lineup of classic cocktails and martinis. They craft each drink, which can range from a light and playful tom collins to a richly complex manhattan, with exactitude—2 ounces of top-shelf spirits. Those include Dewar’s scotch and Disaronno amaretto, which blend to create The Don, a signature Sopra Ristorante libation that, like a foreboding message from the Tropicana mafia, arrives with a flaming orange peel. Bartenders can also serve up imported and domestic wines by the bottle.