Sharing a meal with loved ones is a way to connect, create memories, and discover which family member has been a robot all along. Refuel beside a special person or android with today's Groupon: for $39, you get an Italian lunch or dinner for two at Va Bene (up to an $82.85 value). Lunch or dinner for two includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $14.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $61.90 value)
- One dessert (a $6 value)
The cucina at Va Bene pampers palates with the authenticity and fresh flavors of classic Italian cuisine. Starters set tongues wagging with the pan-seared sea morsels served with pesto sauce and crostini in the scallops Va Bene ($12.95 dinner). The melanzane ripieni wets whistles for melodic grazies with baked eggplant dressed in mushrooms, squash, mozzarella, and homemade marinara ($6.50 lunch, $7.95 dinner). Dressed in herb-crust armor, the new york steak ($28.95 dinner) carries roasted potatoes and french beans at the ready to trounce hunger with a porcini-sauce body slam, and pollo alla pizzaiola douses chicken breast with fresh tomato, capers, and olives ($8.95 lunch, $15.95 dinner). Desserts ($6) incite sweet dreams and meaningful fork-collisions with tiramisu, New York–style cheesecake, and chocolate-espresso crème brûlée.
Va Bene stays open late on Fridays and Saturdays, welcoming guests to enjoy live music or reconstruct the cubist paintings on its warm yellow walls using toothpicks and matchbooks. The patio bar pours from a wine list packed with Italian and domestic reds and whites, to be sipped on padded stools that cushion brutal Duck, Duck, Goose battles for head-of-the-table honors.
Va Bene brings the rustic flavors of Old World cooking to a New World setting. The chefs hand-make gnocchi and craft marinara and pesto sauces from scratch, giving homespun character to rigatoni bolognese and veal marsala. But the staff also showcases a bit of elegance with entrées such as roasted pork tenderloin, stuffed with prosciutto and plated with a cranberry and port wine reduction. Dishes both classic and contemporary are complemented by a thoughtfully curated wine list, which includes more than 90 different bottles from vineyards and wine-spewing geysers across the world.
The restaurant's tasteful cuisine is mirrored by its decor. Rich red drapes accent the main dining room's windows and open doorways, echoing the hues found in the plush banquettes and faux-textured ceiling. In the adjoining bar, a four-sided, granite-topped bar houses a wide array of wines, spirits, and beers. Both rooms fill with the sounds of live musical performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, ensuring diners' ears are as satisfied as their stomachs.
4647 E Chandler Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85048