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 Groupon to Vespa Ristorante in Chapel Hill. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare during dinner.
- For $6, you get $12 worth of Italian fare during lunch.
For more than a decade, Vespa Ristorante's menu has bestowed freshly crafted pastas and authentic Italian dishes upon the noodle-loving masses. Steamed clams with garlic, white wine, and lemon-butter sauce ($8.95) deliver more delicious shell-bound fare than pearls or the sound of the ocean. Vespa's made-to-order pastas feature varieties including the tender gnocchi alla gorgonzola, which cossets potato dumplings in a traditional Italian blanket of gorgonzola cream sauce with prosciutto ($14.50). Those opting for a lunchtime fix at Vespa can sample the eggplant caviar paired with a medley of olive tapenade, imported feta, and extra-virgin olive oil ($6.50). The spice-crusted tilapia ($11.95) dresses a succulent cut of fish in a cilantro-ginger cream sauce, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, and a lace pinafore in preparation for its tableside debut.
Vintage movie posters decorate the vividly painted walls at Vespa Ristorante, and dramatic windows set the stage for an operatic exchange of dialogue. Understated khaki umbrellas and crisp white table linens elevate alfresco dining to an elegant affair.
Sky-blue walls frame floor-to-ceiling windows and accents of red brick as friends and couples savor Mediterranean flavors atop white tablecloths. Vespa Ristorante's menus flaunt a combination of culinary creativity and a mastery of Italian cuisine in a cast of unique dishes— such as apricot-stuffed pork loin wrapped in prosciutto and dressed with a fig and port sauce—while still honoring tradition with homemade lasagna and veal scaloppini. The artfully plated entrées pair exquisitely with a selection of Italian, international, and intergalactic wines. Vespa Ristorante also caters to private parties with customizable menus that offer tastes of the restaurant's most popular dishes, desserts, and wines.
Downtown Chapel Hill
306 D W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514