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 rustic Italian cuisine and wine at Trattoria Nicola's.
With native Italian manager Massimo Giannetti on hand to ensure the menu's authenticity, the chefs at Trattoria Nicola's create platefuls of Tuscan flavor with a range of savory pastas, seafood, and succulent meats. The pollo al pesto pizza marries grilled chicken and pesto together, who slip wedding rings of purple onions onto one another's fingers before an entourage of pesto, pine nuts, and goat cheese (9", $12; 14", $19). Pasta dishes entangle traditional ingredients in their noodly depths; garlic white-wine sauce coats black mussels, scallops, calamari, and shrimp trapped in platefuls of linguine alla pescatora ($19). Paninis tote traditional Italian ingredients between slices of warm bread, and chefs grill the bistecca di manzo's new york strip steak before they trim it in balsamic caramelized onion and gorgonzola cheese, then powder an avalanche of fries with shredded parmesan ($22).
Selections from the wine list fill carafes with Italian and Californian vinos ($7–$13) or guests dye their tongues with white and red dinner wines sold by the bottle ($24+). Diners savor their sips while nestled in the space's colorful, high-backed booths