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What You'll Get
Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Villa Palermo Café in Fond du Lac.
Self-described as a "little Italian café", Villa Palermo Café's adept chefs craft plates from menus studded with traditional Italian family recipes and internationally inspired dishes. Italian nachos ($7.49), an amalgamation of fried italian chips, pepperoni slices, italian sausage, and pizza and alfredo sauces, start meals off with an eclectic flavoring before forks frolic across chicken Garibaldi ($10.49) resting on a bed of linguine and draped in garlic sauce. Breaded and fried eggplant parmesan ($7.99) slices sizzle in tandem with three cheeses, and grilled salmon ala limon ($12.99), like a tired longshoreman, retires in a bed of sautéed spinach and white-clam sauce. Diners can also conquer specialty buffalo-chicken pizza ($15.25–$19.85) accessorized with monterey jack, mozzarella, and blue-cheese dressing, or plumb the cheesy depths of Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($14.50+). Arched wall moldings in warm orange tones draped with creeping ivy surround diners. A chef statue guards the entryway, greeting guests with a stern but loving smile.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Not valid for carryout. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Villa Palermo Café
Though Villa Palermo Café is small, the eatery’s menu is an entirely different story. The chefs have tweaked pages upon pages of dishes, ranging from traditional Italian entrees and thin-crust and Chicago-style pizza to dishes culled from Mexican and Greek culinary traditions. They begin their work in the early hours of the morning, pouring and frying wafer-thin sheets of batter into crepes, which arrive filled with a choice of fruit and drizzled with butter or hot maple syrup. As the lunch hour approaches, they shift over to pizza, paninis, and burgers, and customizable pasta options allow customers to help in the creation of the meal without the embarrassment of wearing an apron with a slogan about kisses. Like any good Italian café, the restaurant also offers steaming cups of cappuccino topped with whipped cream and traditional Italian desserts such as pistachio cannoli and homemade tiramisu.