One of the most beloved opera singers of all time, prima donna Renata Tebaldi, famously prepared for her performances by humming in the dressing room and gargling marinara sauce. Sooth your voice box with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Victor Cafe. Patrons who redeem this Groupon Sunday through Thursday will receive a complimentary appetizer.
Used in the filming of Rocky Balboa, the Victor Cafe first opened its doors in 1918 as a gramophone shop before tugging at patron's stomach strings with classic Italian recipes. Warm up belly engines with a jaunt through the victor salad, a heap of field greens and tomatoes adorned with hard-cooked egg and gorgonzola cheese ($7) or test tongue dexterity by diving through the teeny hoops of fried calamari ($8). Victor Cafe's warmly illuminated, photo-laden walls keep patrons' eyes busy while their fangs frolic across the 10-ounce filet mignon ($27), which comes blanketed in gorgonzola butter as smooth as the singing waiters' operatic croons. Witness jumbo shrimp and dry scallops perfect their sidestroke within linguine and white wine lanes ($26) or rhythmically guide porcini-mushroom-filled ravioli ($18) from their pool of gorgonzola cheese sauce into the hungry mouth of a friend or the flared nostril of a frenemy.
In addition to their full bar, Victor Cafe allows BYOB Sunday through Friday.
Bella Vista/ Southwark
1303 Dickinson St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147