A romantic Italian meal is a surefire way to guarantee a kiss after a first date, particularly when combined with Machiavellian plots-within-plots, access to a Bengal tiger, and today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of Tuscan-style wining and dining at Taverna Fiorentina. The escaped brainchild of former Florentine Paolo Tondo and sommelier Jasmin Reyes Scott, the restaurant is an Italian-American hybrid that combines authentic Tuscan cuisine with an impressive wine list.
Taverna Fiorentina's authentic cuisine speaks passable English to taste buds of American descent, although its accent is strong enough to convey extreme deliciousness no matter what it's saying. Begin a romantic dinner on the sidewalk patio with an antipasto board for two ($22) before cranking up the Italirator with a pasta dish, such as the orecchiette with Italian sausage and broccoli ($16). Vegetarians can satisfy their green tooth with unmeaty offerings, such as the ravioli gnudi, stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, and served with cherry tomatoes and parmigiano cheese ($16). Meanwhile, diners terrified of iron deficiency can sate their savory side with a slab of rib eye topped with caramelized onions and served aside fried polenta and broccoli ($24). Unlike stodgy desert-island chefs, Taverna Fiorentina's chef will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs and restrictions, including gluten-free entree preparation, upon request.
Beneath Old World chandeliers, tables custom designed in Florence are elegantly dotted with selections from Tavera Fiorentina's lengthy wine list. Your suave server will happily help you choose a glass of rosso ($8–$10), bianchi ($7–$12), or sparkling vino ($8–$15) to complement any occasion, from welcoming a brand-new baby car to the family (Pierre Jouette champagne, $15) to celebrating an accepted panel proposal for the annual Sasquatch convention (Bogle riesling, $9).
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only. Deal is not valid with other offers, including the prix-fixe menu.
- The closest you are going to get to Italy in Atlanta is if you dine at Taverna Fiorentina. This spot that serves up delicious North Italian cuisine has a low key ambiance that is really great for romantic dates. You'll no doubt impress with this choice. And the food at Taverna Fiorentina is really in a whole other realm; a realm called amazing. – Jessica Thomas, Metromix
- If you want carefully constructed, authentic, delicious Northern Italian cuisine, you can't do any better than this neighborhood gem. – OpenTable.com user who dined on 7/28/2010