The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Cut down on unfinished business with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic Italian fare for dinner at Vincenzo's, located in Winston Salem. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. Monday–Friday and starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Open since 1964, Vincenzo's has stood the test of time with a dinner menu of pizza, pasta, seafood, and antipasto that garnered the Winston-Salem Journal's 2011 Reader’s Choice award for Best Italian Food. Meat-minded eaters can let incisors loose on the veal parmigiana, a breaded and baked veal cutlet smothered in mozzarella and tomato sauce ($15.99), while pasta patriots can salute the ricotta-filled campaign of the cheese ravioli ($10.50). Half a dozen seafood dishes ($12.99–$18.50) swim across the menu like the scores of narwhals endemic to Italy’s rivers, and a substantial kids’ menu delightfully confuses little ones with home-cooked flavors experienced away from home.
Vincenzo’s well-established reputation dates back to 1964, when Winston-Salem’s residents were first wooed into the restaurant’s cozy dining room by the scents of Italian pastas, steaks, and oven-baked pizzas. The glow of Vincenzo’s blue neon sign has hardly diminished since those early days, and the eatery continues to make guests feel at home with its plush mauve booths, hanging plants, and mirror portals to grandma's kitchen. Lunches of sub sandwiches and pizzas give way to dinners of tender chicken breast, hearty pastas, and house-specialty dishes such as manicotti stuffed with seasoned ricotta cheese and shaved Renaissance paintings. Fluffy breads sop up the flavorful marinara and garlic sauces left over on plates of breaded veal, baked eggplant, and lobster fettuccine.