Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale Italian cuisine and drinks at Stone and Vine Urban Italian in Scottsdale.
Stone and Vine's kitchen crew culls robust flavors and techniques from the traditional sculleries of southern Italy, adorning each classic dish found on the menu with a soupçon of modern flair. A crispy quartet of bruschetta, crowned with a selection of savory dates and goat cheese, smoked salmon, or grilled eggplant ($12 for four), forges a toothsome preamble for palates craving the prosciutto panini’s melty mélange of fresh mozzarella, tomato, baby arugula, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil ($10).
Gather kin for commemorative snapshots against the White Stone pizza’s epicurean architecture ($12 for a 12" individual-size wood-fired pizza), or construct your own stately 12-inch sauce circle when layering fresh ingredients, such as ricotta, meatballs, zucchini, and sun-dried tomatoes, atop a deceptively sturdy wood-fired crust foundation ($12 for an individual-size pie and two toppings; $2 for each additional topping). Classic Italian entrees include fragrant plates of eggplant parmigiana, which emerge from kitchens escorted by noodles awash in aromatic lochs of red sauce ($14). Stone and Vine’s attentive servers tend to diners amid the dining room's exposed-brick walls, whisking out the menu’s myriad pasta dishes ($11–$16) atop marinara-fueled segways.