There are a lot of ways to crush a tomato: mash it with a tenderizer, squeeze it in a fist, or tell it the story of your first love. Let someone else crush the tomatoes with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get an Italian dinner for two at Two Guys from Italy in Granada Hills (up to a $37.90 value). Each dinner includes the following:
- Two pasta, specialty, ravioli or tortellini, or poultry dinner entrees
- Rolls or garlic bread
- Two salads or soups
- Coffee or tea, either hot or iced
- Two ice creams or sherbets<p>
More than 40 years ago, owner Vito Sasso partnered with Joseph Calderone and Luigi Devito, who opened the original Two Guys from Italy in New York; now Vito, who considers himself the “third guy from Italy,” leads his staff as it crafts dishes from recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Servers whisk hot rolls, steaming soups, or crisp salads to tables bordered by plush booths as dining duos scan the menu. Pile your choice of seven noodles, such as rigatoni or angel hair, with selected toppings or drench them in carbonara sauce. Forks or home-brought trowels excavate lasagna to find flavorful meats beneath strata of noodles, sauce, and cheese. Chefs pair italian sausage and cheese tortellini or rehearse a repertoire of 11 chicken specialties from chicken a la florentine to pollo scarpariello. After dinners have been dispatched, a choice of ice cream or sorbet consoles tongues bereft at parting with entrees as diners try to spot Waldo waving from the eatery’s colorful murals.
Two Guys from Italy
Owner Vito Sasso inherited the Two Guys from Italy restaurant from founders Joseph Calderone and Luigi Devito, who opened more than 250 locations before leaving the original to Vito Sasso in 1995. Today, Sasso oversees the West Coast eatery, where chefs employ fresh garlic and virgin olive oil to craft Italian fare based on recipes passed down between generations through a series of monumental stone carvings of angel-hair pasta. Diners can choose from more than 400 variations of pizza and pasta on the menu, including manicotti, gnocchi a la Romana, and stuffed shells Napolitana. Steak, seafood, veal, and poultry dishes round out the menu.