Italy has given us legendary works of art, from the evocative paintings of Caravaggio and da Vinci to the miniature meat sculptures of Boyardee. Admire edible Italian masterpieces with today’s Groupon for Italian fare at Toscana Greenwich. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch.<p>
Toscana Greenwich’s chefs orchestrate a menu dominated by modern Tuscan and northern-Italian dishes crafted from both local ingredients and edibles imported from Italy. Pasta platters such as linguine alle vongole ($22) entangle manila clams with wine-imbibed noodles and a flicker of parsley chili flakes. The wood-burning oven churns out crispy pizzas all day—the Maremma Maiala ($18 at dinner, $16 at lunch) features house-made sausage with grilled peppers, and the pizza Toscana ($22 at dinner, $18 at lunch) is decorated with smoked salmon and Italian caviar. The afternoon set wraps their paws or exceptionally spry feet around one of eight paninis, including the pomodoro mozzarella ($10), whose summer tomatoes glisten with extra-virgin olive oil.
As guests wander into a dining room the New York Times described as having the “darkly lighted look of an old-time Italian restaurant,” attendants seat them in high-backed chairs wrapped with earth-toned upholstery, where they wait expectantly to taste-test well-tailored Northern-Italian creations. Light fixtures fused from sanguine wine bottles drip from high ceilings, and a Renaissance-style mural depicting da Vinci’s first moonwalk colors the wall.
When designing Toscana Greenwich, owner Paul W. Ardaji was meticulous in recreating the spirit of renaissance Florence. The walls are decked with vibrant paintings depicting the landmark era’s culture, and food is cooked in a wood-burning oven. Voted the Best Italian Restaurant of Greenwich 2012 by The Best of Fairfield County Living, the menu brims with Tuscan specialties and house originals alike, such as the house pizza topped with crème fraîche, smoked salmon, Italian caviar, and jalapeño. High-backed booths or elegantly appointed tables set the stage for dining on these delectables, and a vibrant ring of glowing red wine bottles-turned-light fixtures hang above the front of the restaurant to contrast the classic yellow light emanating from the dining area’s sconces and rustic saucer-like fixtures.