Like a standup comedian’s act, Italian cuisine only grows more saucy as you fling tomatoes at it. Savor a more palatable performance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of authentic Italian cuisine at Tuscana West on I Street.
Hand-rolled pastas and freshly tossed pizzas waft from an open-air kitchen in Tuscana West's elegant interior. The restaurant's extensive menu caches authentic Italian entrees, such as the ravioli verde, which finds spinach pillows puffed with parmesan and ricotta and tucked under a queen-size blanket of tomato sauce ($17.95). Vitello al piccata ($21.95) tickles taste buds with lemon-caper-kissed veal medallions, and gamberoni al stufati ($20.95) mingles linguini and shrimp scampi in a piquant sauna of marinara. Tuscana tops off the menu with pizzas ($13.95+) sprinkled with a panoply of toppings and then crisped in a stone oven, which ceremoniously presides over the dining room like a troll doll presides over summertime sessions of Congress.
Tuscana's chic interior features opulent accents such as ivory drapes wisping beneath warmly glowing lights and a wraparound bar hewn from granite and mahogany. While noshing serenely, diners are dazzled by weekly live opera as well as a grand piano that tinkles nightly after unsatisfyingly serving as a paperweight in its day job.
Tuscana West's chefs handcraft pastas, gourmet pizzas, and hearty Italian entrees within an open-air kitchen. The in-house baker focuses his expertise on preparing fresh focaccia bread to round out lunches and dinners, as well as on layering the eatery's immensely popular tiramisu with ladyfinger cookies, espresso-soaked sponge cake, and mascarpone mousse.
The main dining area is accented with rustic decor, bucolic murals, and soft lighting, cultivating a relaxed ambiance for family gatherings, work outings, and romantic Yahtzee games. Guests can also dine within the spacious bar area, which boasts granite and mahogany accents, flat-screen TVs, and a piano that fills the elegant eatery's soundscape with live music on certain evenings. Once monthly, a group of local singers entertains guests and encourages joyful weeping into pasta bowls with an evening of live opera.