Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of pasta at Uptown Pasta in Vancouver. Choose to redeem your Groupon during one of the following time frames:
- March 1–31
- April 1–30
- May 1–31<p>
At Uptown Pasta, owner Tony Manuel shares his love of homestyle cooking with a menu that showcases rich, made-to-order pastas and traditional Italian entrees. Savory spheres of gnocchi à la bolognese simmer in a meaty sauce flavored with wine ($14), and meatballs or sausage pair with al dente tendrils of fresh spaghetti ($13¬–$14) to lasso traditional appetites or keep forks from flying away. Piping-hot ovens produce herb-rich delights such as the baked manicotti ($13) or meatless ziti baked Sicilian style with eggplant and cheese ($13), and seven specialty entrees sate heartier cravings for spicy shrimp fra diavolo ($13) or chicken pesto with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, and linguine ($13). At the customer’s request, chefs will readily swap traditional noodles for gluten-free pastas or add extra ingredients for $2.
Inside the intimate dining room, an eclectic collection of wooden chairs and reclaimed tables line the walls in front of false window shutters thrown open to provide a view of a peaceful painted landscape. The restaurant’s homemade fare is complemented by breads and coffees crafted locally, ensuring diners can enjoy their meal without suffering through boring stories of the time their cappuccino backpacked through Wisconsin.