Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare and cocktails at Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar in San Juan Capistrano. This Groupon is not valid for wine.
The culinary wizards at Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar whip up robust platters from a menu boasting old-world Italian favorites with contemporary twists. Fork-twirl pasta dishes such as the angel-hair arrabbiata ($15.95), which tempts tongues with chicken atop a bed of angel-hair pasta, all drizzled in an arrabbiata sauce that delivers a spicier kick than a soccer cleat lathered in Tabasco sauce. The signature Tannins pizza ($17.95 for a large) boasts an olive-oil-brushed crust covered with four cheeses, as well as red onion, fresh garlic, and fresh parsley. Seafood entrees such as the linguine with clams with white-wine Italian-herb sauce ($17.95) allow diners to sample the flavors of the ocean without purloining a mermaid's lunch pail. Every dish finds ambrosial equilibrium with Tannins' extensive drink menu, with creative concoctions ranging from zesty bloody marys ($10.95) to an array of innovative martinis ($8–$12).
Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar
Culinary school wasn’t enough of a learning experience for Hany Fadda. During the summers between his classical training at the California Culinary Academy, Hany traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. These experiences heavily influence the cuisine that he creates as the head chef of Tannins Restaurant and Wine Bar, although he also celebrates Orange County by featuring an extensive wine list that includes more than 40 different local wines by the glass.
These wines complement the contemporary bistro-style cuisine. Italian cuisine appears most prominently on the menus, and the chefs strive for authenticity by importing prosciutto and hand-making their own meatballs in-house. In addition to the assorted pasta dishes, the menus also feature a number of pizzas with toppings that include everything from sausage and roasted red peppers to roma tomatoes and sweet basil. Desserts such as traditional Sicilian cannoli or tiramisu provide a fitting coda to the casually refined meals.
The eatery’s dining room embraces a more classical elegance, with silver candelabras on several of the linen-draped tables. High ceilings and archways between rooms contribute to this vaguely regal setting, as do the thrones that surround each table.