Mediterranean cuisine often makes use of the region's abundant frutti di mare, or fruits of the sea, such as the squid, octopus, and shark with a watermelon wedge for a fin. Cast a net for flavor with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean fare at Tria Terra Restaurant Tapas & Bar.
Tria Terra Restaurant Tapas & Bar's super-powered chefs leap culinary oceans in a single bound, forging authentic cuisine ranging from handmade italian pastas to spanish paellas to french steak au poivre. The dinner menu, featuring a plethora of fresh ingredients arriving from Spain via teleportation capsule, kicks off with vegetarian, seafood, and meat tapas such as the flor de arca chofa, a baked artichoke with whole garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and parsley ($8.50). Taste buds are tucked in for sweet dreams with the gnocchi con salsiccia e finocchi, homemade potato gnocchi pillows blanketed with a fennel tomato sauce, pecorino romano cheese, and peppers ($14.99). To satiate a minimum of two people and unlimited imaginary friends, inquire about the paella del dia ($38.00), a multi-flavored feast 35 minutes in the making. Favorites include the paella a la basque, a world summit of proteins loaded with rings of calamari, bits of imported chorizo, sausage, and langostino, slices of chicken, and morsels of shrimp, clams, and mussels.
Tria Terra's comestible composers conduct the finale with a homemade indulgence from the dessert menu, such as the creamy panna cotta ($6). The floor shakes and the windows shimmy with live performers on Wednesday evenings, including occasional flamenco music and Turkish death metal.
7707 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28226