The subdued lighting typical of Italian restaurants make them great for professing undying love, thwarting lip-reading spies, and concealing regrettable forehead tattoos. Increase the odds of a second date with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Northern Italian fare and drinks at Vino Ristorante in Renton.
Amidst warm red drapes, exposed brick, and white-linen-covered tables, Vino's Ristorante distributes delectable homemade-pasta handiwork typical of Northern Italy for lunch and dinner guests. The ahi tuna carpaccio ($10.50), complemented by arugula, capers, and dijon mustard, appeases vestigial shark fangs, and the large prawns are buoyed in a white-wine sauce with capers and lemon ($9). Plant-based palate-pleasers include Vino's romaine salad tossed with gorgonzola dolce dressing ($5.50), and standards such as spaghetti bolognese ($10.50) or veal scaloppini in lemon-butter sauce with capers ($17.50) execute traditional culinary prowess with the precision of a robotic chess champion.
Sunshine playfully darts through draped windows, guiding mouths to the appropriate biting points along spaghetti-swirled forks and the faces of fellow diners. Vino Ristorante's taste-tamers carry a variety of traditional Italian wines along with local favorites, and can lend assistance on how to properly play matchmaker for pairings with edible entourages.