Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and wine at Trattoria Branica in Kirkwood.
Trattoria Branica's hearty menu specializes in handcrafting succulent cuisine from the renowned boot-shaped country. Antipasto dishes, such as steamed mussels bobbing in a garlic white-wine sauce ($8.50), provide a sensual start to a meal or an abrupt end to an extended period of uninterrupted eye contact. Homemade pasta clings to the spicy marinara, prosciutto, and onions of the rigatoni amatriciana ($13.95), and meat-eaters saw into a tender 12-ounce strip steak carefully seasoned and sizzled by skilled chefs ($22.95). Midday munchies earned from riding a giraffe to work can be sated with a pepperoni pizza ($7.95) or a steak sandwich ($9.95) from the weekday-only lunch menu.
Trattoria Branica's wine list offers more than 300 international varieties of grape-hewn libations available by the bottle ($28+), the half bottle ($19+), the glass ($5.50+), and the mist-bottle spritz. Diners explore these pairings in an elegant bi-level eatery with polished hardwood floors, a burnished wine bar, and an invigorating outdoor patio.
Northern- and Southern-Italian cuisines collide on Trattoria Branica’s menu, which has won acclaim from local press for its culinary acuity and fiscal reticence. Italian cheeses, herbs, and homemade sauces accent tender nests of pasta, market-fresh seafood, and succulent cuts of beef, veal, and chicken. Inside, sleek black chairs clip crisp white tablecloths prepped to prop up more than 300 wines from around the globe. A Mediterranean mood slips over patrons on the expansive patio, where umbrellas guard against the sun and waters cascade at a nearby fountain. For private parties, a balcony surrounded by wrought-iron railings elevates the dining experience and provides a better launching pad to catapult leftovers home.
451 S Kirkwood Rd.
Kirkwood, Missouri 63022