Bruscetta, derived from the term "bread mask," was invented by ancient dinner-theater actors to cover and protect faces from overripe tomatoes flung by angry audiences. Partake of this tasty shield with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean and American cuisine and drinks at Taverna Red.
The kitchen at Taverna Red turns out Mediterranean-inspired and American dishes to delight every appetite within its warm and expansive enclave. An array of small plates succinctly satisfy, doing double duty as shareable appetizers or solo suppers. The mini pork shank ($7.50) dons a sweet glaze, and steamed Prince Edward Island mussels luxuriate in a tomato, garlic, and white-wine broth ($8.50) to emulate their natural oceanic environment. For heartier hunger, the menu musters up a hefty roster of grilled meats, sautéed seafood, and fresh pastas. Pan-seared triggerfish hides beneath a beurre-blanc sauce ($16) as it silently aims its side dishes at loudmouthed wine glasses. Homemade fussili pasta, on the other hand, peppers a pink cream sauce with fresh salmon, baby spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes ($15). An array of specialty cocktails ($6–$7) buttress tantalizing tastes, and diners can also sample selections from the abundant wine list in 3-ounce portions ($3–$4) or complement cuisine with a full glass ($5.50–$8).
Taverna Red's space mirrors a Mediterranean wine vault, where walls lined with wine barrels and Corinthian columns frame the open kitchen to allow diners to witness drama unfold between lovelorn chefs and their unsympathetic spatulas. Selections can also be savored al-fresco in the open-air patio.
16770 S US Hwy. 441
Summerfield, Florida 34491