Ancient Romans knew that in a perfect world, all inanimate objects are edible, which is why Italy is now a land of sauce-covered wheels, shells, corkscrews, and bow ties. Munch on everyday items with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Tutto Pasta Trattoria in Middleton. Reservations are required.
Tutto Pasta Trattoria serves up a sea of more than 30 pasta dishes and other traditional Italian fare on its lengthy lunch and dinner menus. Al fresco diners can soak up midday sun on the patio while plunging tongues into savory pools of minestrone soup ($4.95–$6.95) or chomping on a panino pollo parmigiana ($9.95). Nighttime noshers can begin culinary journeys by sipping a peach Bellini ($8) while playing a tabletop game of horseshoes with the calamari fritti ($9.95).
Pasta dishes, such as the traditional meat-stuffed lasagna di carne ($13.95) and spaghetti ai frutti di mare with olive oil, garlic, shrimp, scallops, salmon, calamari, and shellfish in a light, spicy tomato sauce ($17.95), pad stomachs for the veggie-laden slices of thin-crust pizza vegetariana ($9.95) to follow. Tutto Pasta also boasts a selection of meaty house specialties such as veal piccata ($18.95) and salmone al cartoccio ($19.95) and sides such as sautéed asparagus, grilled sausage, and belly-button-bursting marinara meatballs ($4.95 each) to complete the transition from an innie to an outie.
Tutto Pasta Trattoria
A basket of warm housemade bread greets eaters at Tutto Pasta Trattoria, where a homey vibe welcomes diners at dinner and lunch. The menu is a geometry book of pasta shapes, which guests can peruse to prepare for quizzes on spaghetti, angel hair, rigatoni, penne, spaghetti, and housemade tortellini. The noodles share kitchen space with chicken, veal, and seafood dishes, as well as thin-crust pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven rather than a space-rocket launch pad.
At night, shadows blanket the eatery's warmly toned walls, arched-booth alcoves, countryside murals, and outdoor seating area. Amid this dim lighting, bartenders mix martinis and serve wine from their expansive selection, which is displayed on overhead wine racks.
1900 Cayuga St.
Middleton, Wisconsin 53562