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.
107 South St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02111