Arrogant Italian physicists unleashed nature’s fury when they combined microscopic pasta and antipasto particles, resulting in a meal so dense their exaggerated hand gestures could not escape it. Draw the line between playing god and tasting good with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Tuscan fare at Trattoria Rustica in Montclair.
With a menu that proudly proclaims sundry authentic Italian delights, Trattoria Rustica palliates anxious palates with hearty helpings of gourmet pollo plates and al dente pasta. Taste buds begin their flavorful Italian tour with antipasti such as the garlic shrimp ($9) or bite-size bruschetta topped with ricotta cheese and honey or any of four other delectable bruschetta-toupées ($6). The pappardella bolognese nourishes parched noodles with thirst-quenching meat sauce ($17), and the vitello con funghi arranges marsala-doused mushrooms and veal into cryptic treasure maps ($20). Trattoria Rustica’s brick-walled dining room and dark wood chairs create an elegant backdrop for first dates or paper football playoffs.