What You'll Get
Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair to middling" ability to tranquilize out-of-control mayors. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: for $12, you get $25 worth of fresh Italian cuisine at Via Baci Italian Bistro in Lone Tree.
The chefs at Via Baci hand-press authentic neapolitan pizza crusts, make mozzarella fresh daily, and fire entrees in wood-burning ovens for the lunch and dinner menus of simple, light Italian fare. The thin-crust pizzas are built on foundations of flour imported directly from Italy. An 800-degree Fahrenheit wood-burning oven hardens each crusty base to a crisp in minutes for pies such as the traditional margherita classico and the inventive fig prosciutto, with mascarpone, fontina, fig jelly, and arugula ($10.99+ for specialty pizzas). The oven is not only hot enough to melt Hobbit rings, but also brings smoky flavors to other entrees, such as wood-roasted salmon ($16.99) and chicken marsala with crimini mushrooms ($13.99). Freshly made pastas include pumpkin ravioli ($15.49) and chicken cavatappi ($14.99).
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 29, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Must purchase 1 food item. No separate checks. Not valid for Tues./Thurs. half off wine promotion. Not valid on 12/31, 2/14 or during Denver restaurant week. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Via Baci
Inside Via Baci's kitchen, chefs craft fresh mozzarella, hand-press Neapolitan-style pizza crusts, and heat entrees in the scorching flames of a wood-burning oven. At 800 degrees Fahrenheit, the oven bakes crispy crusts into 13 pizzas, such as the margherita classica and the chicken bianco: oven-roasted rosemary chicken with goat cheese, marinated black olives, scallions, and two kinds of tomatoes. Once carried into the dining room or catapulted onto the patio, light Italian meals pair nicely with cocktails and dozens of international wines.