In addition to discovering that the world was not square-shaped, Renaissance-era Italians found that Italy was not shaped like loafers and bunny ears were not the standard method for spaghetti tying. Taste a culinary rebirth with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Sorriso Trattoria. This Groupon is valid only for dinner, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sorriso Trattoria culinary commander chef John G. Paine romances palates with a menu marrying Old World flavors, Italian cooking traditions, and contemporary flair. Antipasti plates of buffalo-milk mozzarella silence hunger pains with roasted-tomato rubble and grilled-bread planks ($12). Taste the house-made sausage and rigatoni, which swims in pickled-hot cherry peppers and a tomato-garlic sauce ($16). Carnivorous diners can munch on grass-fed sirloin fiorentina ($23) and the rich essences of oxtail ragu ($19), which melds seamlessly with potato gnocchi. Place bets on Sorriso Tattoria's savory list of brick-oven pizzas, including the eclectically styled artichoke ($14), and use wheels of prosciutto, olives, and egg toppers as poker chips after losing all of yours.
Set amid the bustle of South Street, the restaurant buzzes with after-work crowds noshing on small-plated eats. Slink into the spacious dining room with a date du jour before lounging amid murals of the languid Italian countryside and hand-woven, twig basket chandeliers. Elevated booths bathed in soft, chocolate wood add elegant nuances to the space and subliminally beckon you to order dessert before you start eating the furniture.