Italian cuisine exudes rustic character, which is why the majority of Tuscan villagers mount giant taxidermied meatballs over their fireplaces. Taste Italy’s bucolic bounty with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get an Italian meal for two at Tivoli Café in Pacific Palisades (up to a $78.85 value). The meal includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to a $10.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $25.95 value each, excluding 14-inch pizzas)
- Two glasses of prosecco (an $8 value each)<p>
At Tivoli Café, chefs imbue a menu of classic Italian cuisine with ingredients such as free-range turkey, wild-caught seafood, organic eggs, gluten-free pastas, and all-natural chicken and beef. Forks kick off their merrymaking with melanzane, thin slivers of eggplant filled with goat cheese and fresh herbs, all tucked snugly under a blanket of melted mozzarella and marinara. Optional smoked salmon or grilled italian sausage can accompany penne pink sauce, which garners its signature hue after cooks confront a homemade tomato elixir with light dollops of cream and embarrassing anecdotes. Culinary crewmembers adorn filet mignon with sautéed leeks, mushrooms, and port-wine sauce to forge the filetto al funghi, and they crown marinated grilled chicken with imported prosciutto to fashion the homemade trilusa panini. Throughout the meal, chalices of sparkling prosecco swathe tongues in a flurry of bubbles. Diners can perch inside Tivoli Café’s dining room or force confessions out of ice sculptures in the heated outdoor seating area.
If you look closely at Tivoli Cafe's deceptively traditional menu, you'll find that the classic Italian dishes are made with a very modern sense of sustainability. The filet mignon is made with all natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. The shrimp and scallops are wild-caught to ensure ecological responsibility. The eggs are organic and the chicken steroid free, so diners can indulge without worrying about their health or that their entrees will punch them in the eye in a fit of rage. Of course, each environmentally minded dish is prepared with familiar Italian sensibilities, including leeks and mushrooms dressed in a port-wine sauce. The kitchen's expertise in classic preparations has been well earned, since Tivoli Cafe has been serving patrons since 1989. The eatery's ambiance is as well-honed as its culinary prowess; its homey, family-friendly atmosphere permeates the indoor dining room, extending onto the comfortably heated outdoor seating area.
15306 W Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, California 90272