Though much of Western civilization is built on Greek democracy, it's also placed upon an oil-soaked foundation of Italian pasta with pizza cornerstones. Buttress fragile social fabric with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of Italian fare and espresso drinks at Sorrentino's Calgary on Sirocco Drive.
Sorrentino's Calgary crafts authentic Italian dishes with a focus on simplicity. Diners situated amid rustic fireplaces and other fire-inspired décor delve into a menu of pastas, meat dishes, and pizzas, which are prepared in an open forno oven. Sate surly stomachs with dough disks decorated with caramelized onions, smoked bacon, and sour cream ($14), or propel along on a gourmet gondola with chicken saltimbocca with sage-butter gnocchi and brussels sprouts ($24) or tagliatelle snuggled with mushrooms and smoked bacon in tomato sauce ($17). Conclude a savoury performance with the sweet applause of desserts such as buttermilk vanilla panna cotta with berries and frollini under the warm tones of hanging lights ($8).
Sorrentino's wine lounge tempts tasters with stuzzichini such as mini mozzarella-and-spicy-tomato sandwiches in carozza ($8). Wine whisperers also sling a selection of grape-based bounty, ideal bait for catching postgraduate, Proust-scholar mice.