Much of contemporary Italian cuisine remains heavily influenced by classic peasant dishes, both due to tradition and because Italian aristocrats only ate fruit carved out of marble. Celebrate gourmet history with today’s Groupon to Tuscan Hills in Forest Hills. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get $12 worth of Italian lunch fare and drinks.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian dinner fare and drinks.
Awash in tender pasta, delectable pizza, and hearty meats, Tuscan Hills’ dinner menu serves up a bevy of authentic, mouthwatering dishes. Start with a selection such as the bruschette fettunta, which deftly warms up taste buds with parma prosciutto resting atop crunchy garlic bread ($7.50). The casareccie alla boscaiola's spiraling fusilli, ground sausage, and mushrooms ($17.50) provide tastier textures than chocolate dipped plasmids. Single-serving pizzas, such as the arugula, prosciutto, and truffle oil topped tartufina ($16.50), delicately adorn five-tined hand forks, and diners savoring savory secondi can carve into the cinghiale in umido's richly braised wild boar and silky polenta ($20.50). Commence lunch with a starter such as the fagioli all'uccelleto, which perches grilled Italian sausage atop a hill of cannellini beans ($8.50), before biting into the lasagna alla bolognese ($12.50) or the burger all'Italiana, a beef patty piled with provolone cheese and roasted peppers ($12.50). The extensive wine list's rich glasses of pinot noir ($7.50) and bottles of dry chardonnay from Puglia ($28) give guests a satisfying object to clink without trying to conduct a toast with the soup bowls.
Patrons sip and sup amid Tuscan Hills' cozy dining room, tastefully trimmed with sunny yellow paint and rustic exposed brick. Engage in romantic thumb wars beneath vibrant artwork, or pull up a chair by the large windows to engage in rounds of Spot the Toupee.
When Tuscan Hills’ owners first opened their rustic Italian spot, they followed the old Italian tradition of placing a horseshoe upside-down over the door to keep negative energy out. But as customers came in to try the new spot, they kept pointing out that the horseshoe was hanging the wrong way, so they switched it. After that, they had the worst week since they’d opened—so they turned it face-down again, and Tuscan Hills has been a charm to the owners and their customers ever since.
With exposed-brick walls, flickering candles, and folded linen napkins, Tuscan Hills feels like an Italian hideaway. As guests gather around tables to chat over glasses of wine, chefs toss pasta with seafood, fresh vegetables, and meats and then pull bubbling 13-inch pizzas from the brick oven. Main dishes include braised chuck of wild boar smothered in brown sauce and served over polenta as well as the signature traditional Tuscan-style fish stew, cacciucco alla livornese, which is baked with a crispy bread crust. Family-style platters of pasta, steak, and other dishes bring groups together to share the brimming platters or finally satisfy the hunger of yetis out to treat themselves.