The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Italian fare for dinner at Tuscan Hills in Forest Hills.
Brick walls, stone floors, and a bar-topping wall of wines provide a rustic refuge for Tuscan Hill's authentic Italian recipes. Diners can break the ice with a simple bruschette pane al pomodoro with chopped tomato and fresh basil ($6.50), before moderating a debate between the shrimp, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes of the fettuccine gamberi e zucchine, awash in a soliloquy of saffron sauce ($18.50). Rigatoni alla Norma enlivens breaded eggplant with a sprinkling of basil, mozzarella, and tomato sauce ($14.50), and the selection of 13-inch pizzas includes the quattro stagioni, with savory ham and mushrooms matched in flavor by tangy olives and artichokes ($16.50). A robust wine selection comes by the glass ($6.50–$8.50) or bottle ($23–$89), perfect for wetting whistles or dousing more substantial theramins of thirst.
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.