Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a prix-fixe Italian dinner for two at Tartufo in Newton Centre (up to a $121 total value). The prix-fixe meal includes the following:
- Two soups or two salads (up to a $9 value each)
- One appetizer (up to a $16 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $39 value each)
- One dessert (a $9 value)
Executive chef Dante Bellucci fills Tartufo's dinner menu with all-natural and organic meats, fish, and vegetables to create Abruzzese recipes drawn from his childhood in Pescara, Italy. Twosomes kick off tableside tours of regional eats with starters such as minestrone soup or arugula salad polka-dotted with goat cheese and roasted red peppers. A shared appetizer tasks dining duos with dismantling a tower of tuna-tartar avocado or unsheathing forks to slice through the eggplant rollettini's labyrinth of ricotta, spinach, and tomato-basil sauce. Main courses entangle taste buds with a selection of 20 pasta entrees bolstered by seafood specialties such as the arrosto di pesce, a potpourri of grilled calamari, scallops, shrimp, and a half lobster. The grilled colorado baby rack of lamb is kissed by flames and swathed in rosemary and extra-virgin olive oil. A choice of dessert quiets diners standing beside tables applauding in hope of an encore with tiramisu or house-made cannoli stuffed with fresh ricotta.
Tartufo's dining room gathers tables in an intimate space romantically illuminated with flickering candles and cherubim flying around with flashlights. A wall of windows spans one side of the restaurant, and earth-toned shades accent the decorations and polished bar area.
Today's Groupon is valid for two entrees, each with a value of up to $39 to cover the cost of a pork-chop dish ($39) not listed on Tartufo's online menu.
22 Union St.
Newton Centre, Massachusetts 02459