$50 for $100 Worth of Fine Italian Fare at Via dei Mille

Via dei Mille

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Sooner or later, any girlfriend is going to figure out that all those fancy restaurants are just your bedroom redecorated with a new elaborate disguise each week. Today's Groupon will help you postpone the inevitable by throwing a real fine-dining experience into the mix. For $50, you get $100 worth of classy Italian cuisine and accompanying beverages at Via dei Mille, an elegant SoHo establishment.

Via dei Mill is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, which features a live DJ spinning brunchtime's greatest hits. Splice in a few specialty cocktails or glasses of wine from the lengthy list of grape escapes. Polish it off with a savory dessert to build a rounded-out meal that will leave you feeling delightfully squared away.

Dinner features a lengthy list of freshly prepared dishes that are sure to please even the most authentic of Italian grandmothers. Everyone knows Italians love to eat, and Italians know everyone loves to eat, so order up a course of appetizers to get the ball rolling. The fritto misto (friend calamari, rock shrimp, and veggies served with marinara, $14) or the insalata di Cesare (traditional Caesar salad, $12) make great gustatory launch pads. Transition into a handmade pasta dish, such as rigatoni al brasato di Agnello (rigatoni with braised lamb and tomato sauce, $19) or a meatier affair like the thinly pounded vitello alla Milanese (double-cut veal chop with arugula and tomato salad, $36).

Pop in after 11:30 a.m. on weekdays for a bite off the lunch menu, or if you prefer, one of the food items it lists. Grab a light caprese salad ($10) or a $10 pasta dish such as the linguine salmone e spinaci (linguine with salmon and spinach). Hand-friendly paninis ($12–$15) and fork-worthy chicken and fish dishes complete the midday menu. Weekend brunch is similar to the lunch menu, with plates of salads and meats ranging from $9 to $24 (as well as a large platter of chef-selected cheeses and meats, $28) and the addition of some breakfast-minded egg dishes, including eggs Florentine and Benedict ($12 each).

The surroundings are accommodating to conversations of all topics, ranging from your next big business or marriage proposal to short-lived debates about the Prussian rebellion. Coolly lit chandeliers hang over linen-draped tables like guardian angels in charge of making sure you can see the edible masterpiece before you. Vibrant artwork dots the walls, giving a splash of color to accentuate the atmosphere as the diligent staff hustles and bustles around the room in near choreographed precision, only occasionally executing intrusive dance numbers.


Gayot offers this enthusiastic review of Via dei Mille:

  • The chef is from Venice and the menu spans the boot, from Turin to Puglia. The eatery, however, is often populated by people who come more to be seen than to eat. But eat they should. Especially the handmade black ink tagliolini with asparagus, rock shrimp, and cherry tomatoes in light tomato sauce or the handmade ravioli filled with fresh ricotta cheese and spinach in a butter and sage sauce. The grilled sirloin steak “tagliata style” served with red radicchio and balsamic reduction and the lamb chop served with orange flavored mashed potatoes and fresh mint oil are more substantial menu highlights. – Gayot

Citysearchers give the Zagat-rated restaurant 4.5 stars, and Zagat online reviewers rave about the ambience and sustenance:

  • Elegance, beautiful people, gorgeous decor, inviting atmosphere, good acoustics, cool vibe - and delicious Italian food to boot. Take it from this Restaurant Queen, Via dei Mille is an excellent choice for a date or for a large group (they have long tables to accommodate [sic]). The tuna tartare [sic] appetizer and salmon entree are a must-have. And save room for dessert - the tiramisu is to die for! – wexlers, Citysearch
  • clearly [sic] a notch above all the rest of the tourist restaurants along west broadway, this place is firing on all cylinders, suprisingly [sic] good food, a beautiful space and a good wait staff. – bobbyf4485, Zagat

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 29, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Not valid for dinner on 2/14/2010. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Via dei Mille

Via dei Mille

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