What You'll Get
Welcome to Groupon, Akron! For our inaugural deal, $18 gets you $40 worth of pasta and other authentic Italian eats and drinks at Vaccaro's Trattoria in Fairlawn. Since this is everyone's first Groupon, allow us to briefly explain how it works.
How Groupon Works
Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Akron: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power." If you want to get the deal, just click BUY before the offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people (20 for today's deal) sign up by the end of the day, you'll be emailed a gift certificate the next morning. You can print your Groupons, or redeem them with our iPhone app. Use them whenever you want until the deal expires—today's expires in six months. If not enough people join, no one gets the deal (and you won't be charged), so invite your friends to make sure you get the discount!
The best way to capture a wild, rampaging meal is to hook it with a gigantic pasta lasso. Test your throwin' arm with today's deal: for $18, you get $40 worth of pasta and other authentic Italian eats and drinks at Vaccaro's Trattoria in Fairlawn. Be sure to make a reservation in order to enjoy this dinner-only deal.
Eager eaters can begin their Vaccaro's journey with a plate of savory antipasto ($14) before hunkering into classics such as veal parmigiana ($25) or the meatless eggplant involtini ($22), a breaded or grilled slab of eggplant with ricotta, local goat cheese, vegetables, and lemon butter. Pasta offerings include juicy shrimp with diavolo sauce, served over whole-wheat linguini ($25), and lasagna primavera with pesto ($17). In a feat of culinary alchemy, Vaccaro's house-made noodles are fashioned in part from the skins of cabernet sauvignon grapes, filling pasta guzzlers with antioxidants while diminishing the appearance of wine lips. Visitors can even savor guest-inspired pizzas ($10–$15), such as the pepperoni-packed Kelly Janas; the Steve Marks, a barbecue-chicken concoction; or the Boba Fett, a treacherous mixture of mozzarella and greed. A resident sommelier is on hand to advise patrons which pours pair perfectly with their plates; with such an extensive wine list, sippers may find themselves in need of guidance.
The Vaccaro family has steadily supplied Akronites with Italian edibles since 1956, when Frank and Angelina Vaccaro opened Vaccaro's Pizza. When son Raphael transformed the family business into an authentic trattoria, he expanded the menu to include hearty starters and salads, pastas, entrees, and New World fare, in addition to the mainstay pies. Wrap up your la bella sera with a sugary gondola ride down the syrup-filled canals of Vaccaro's dessert menu. Follow up an order of a homemade cannoli duo ($7) with an espresso "Raphael Style" ($2.50) or a slightly stronger digestivo such as Faretti biscotti liqueur ($5). Enjoy a wine-fueled evening of Italian eats that concludes with a clumsy rendition of the Trevi Fountain scene from La Dolce Vita on your nephew's Slip 'n Slide.
Restaurant Hospitality named Vaccaro's Trattoria the Third Place International Wine List Category Winner in their 2007 Best Wine Lists in America Competition, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer dishes good words on the cuisine. More than 45 OpenTable Diners give the restaurant an average of 4.3 stars, seven Citysearchers and three Insider Pagers rate it an average of four, and 72% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Traditional Italian dishes, flavorful contemporary cuisine and house-made desserts. Excellent wines at affordable prices. – Plain Dealer
- If you have a dinner date who is hard-to-impress, this place tops the list. The location itself is unassuming and does not come with an arrogant, stuffy feel. The waitstaff were professional and friendly. A sommelier was on hand to answer questions and stopped by the table, but was in no way pushy. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 3/13/10
- We had a large party of 9. Service was attentive, and prompt with no undue pauses. Food was great. Wonderful Italian standards as well as some nice specials (venision [sic] Osso Bucco). – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 2/20/10
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 17, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required. Dinner only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.