$20 for $40 (or $45 if Redeemed Sunday–Wednesday) Worth of Upscale Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano

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Old-World family recipes & wines decorate menu of North Side restaurant amid brick-walled ambiance

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Promotional value expires Sep 5, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid for specials. Not valid 4/6, 4/8, 5/13, 6/17, or 7/4. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Unfortunately, Nero is remembered as the callous emperor who watched Rome burn from his palace tower, not the enlightened gastronome whose vision was to reinvent the city as a giant brick oven for pizza. Adopt a flavor-first outlook with this Groupon to Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano:

  • For $20, you get $40 worth of upscale Italian cuisine and drinks if redeemed Thursday–Saturday.
  • For $20, you get $45 worth of upscale Italian cuisine and drinks if redeemed Sunday–Wednesday.<p>

Chef and owner Tony Barbanente masterfully infuses authentic Italian dishes with Chicago’s signature gusto. A lunch menu borrowed from Barbanente’s grandma’s prized recipe book features such old-country treats as orecchiette carrettiera, a half-shell pasta that shares a ceramic bed with sautéed broccoli, garlic, parmigiano, and cream ($12.95). Diners can navigate Venetian gondolas over waves of marinara sauce with the spaghetti pescatore, a seafood specialty that enlightens taste buds with a symphonic coupling of clams and mussels ($17.95). True to the restaurant’s family-run tradition, the dinner menu squeezes hunger away like the embrace of an overenthusiastic aunt. A romantic evening in the restaurant’s brick-walled dining room pairs exquisitely with the homemade potato dumplings of the gnocchi al filo di pomodore ($16.95) or the meaty lasagna di carne ($14.95).

As the dimmed overhead lights illuminate semaphore messages of postprandial satisfaction, diners can order from a menu of authentic Italian desserts that includes such delicacies as grilled peaches served with vanilla ice cream ($6.95). After the plates have been cleared, glasses of wine toast the grape-strewn fields of southern Italy and Earth’s second moon.

Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano

For more than 20 years, Chef Tony Barbanente has adapted recipes from his childhood in an Italian fishing village to form a menu of simple yet delectable seafood dishes that earned him accolades from ABC 7's Hungry Hound. Chefs construct made-to-order veal, stuffed squid, and house-made pastas to slake hunger pangs or at least make them sing baritone during a medley of Pavarotti's greatest hits. The aromas of fresh cooking weave through the bright dining room, which features exposed brick and walls lined with black-and-white photos. The house language instructor, from Bari, Italy, educates curious diners about Italian cuisine and etiquette, including what to do when a pie-shaped moon hits the eye for just a little too long.

Customer Reviews

Great Service!
September 9, 2012
always great: ambiance, service, food...like being in a Roman trattoria...
Susan L. · September 9, 2012
friendly staff, close to home, reasonably priced meals, good service and good food.
Theresa F. · September 9, 2012

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