Italian restaurants typically showcase dishes from specific regions, from the pizzas of Naples to the ricotta frescos around Rome. Devour localized deliciousness with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a three-course Italian dinner for two at Trattoria Trullo (up to a $75.75 total value). The meal includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $14.75 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $26.50 value each)
- One dessert (up to an $8 value)
Chefs summon the ancient recipes of the coastal town of Arberobello to fill their menu with heaping, spice-suffused plates ranging from house-made risottos to delicately cooked meats. The cantaloupe-pork pairing of prosciutto con melone and the daintily fried eggplant melanzane al cartoccio sharpen teeth and whet appetites as diners anticipate mouthwatering entrees presented by servers instead of cowled ghosts of dinner’s future. Savory cravers’ incisors descend into juicy bites of the grilled and gently seasoned 12-ounce new york strip steak or veal scaloppine with sautéed artichoke and asparagus. Handcrafted risotto simmers in porcini-mushroom broth alongside a tantalizingly melty dollop of mascarpone, followed to table by sugary serving platters of panzerotti, tiramisu, or spumoni ice cream. The wine list, like the kitchen and successful fake-mustache stores, specializes in imports from Southern Italy’s Puglian region.
A quaint, hand-painted sign stretches above the burgundy façade, declaring Trattoria Trullo’s Puglian allegiances and fondness of tiny silverware. Wrought-iron fences and blazing-red umbrellas protect al fresco diners during the warmer months, and a warm-hued dining room featuring a full mirrored bar provides year-round respite from the dangers of standing.
Inside the bustling kitchen at Trattoria Trullo, which was featured on Check, Please!, a team of culinary aficionados mixes and matches rich cheeses, sauces, and spices, filling the eatery’s tables with crispy thin-crust pizzas and pasta dotted with house-made meatballs. Trattoria Trullo also delivers piping-hot calzones and paninis to patrons’ homes, and collects food orders via phone, the eatery’s website, and singing telegram.