The Renaissance was a time of revolutionary creativity in Europe and marked the first time Italian chefs cooked dishes using subtler methods than burning them at the stake for witchcraft. Enjoy the seasonings and sauces of Western civilization's rebirth with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Vittorio De Roma in Palatine.
Vittorio De Roma's mountainous dinner menu erupts with homemade pastas, savory sauces, and classic ingredients. A curtain-raiser of thinly sliced parma prosciutto served with fresh homemade mozzarella and roasted peppers ($9.95) draws raucous and embarrassingly audible applause from taste buds before wowing them with a second act of salsiccia e fagioli, which marches a phalanx of grilled italian sausage across a field of roasted peppers and beans ($14.95). Seaworthy chefs deluge the salmon Genovese with an ocean of white-wine sauce, populated by colorful bits of sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts ($17.95). Pastaphiles, meanwhile, can insulate echoing bellies with handcrafted potato dumplings that sizzle enticingly in tomato sauce ($14.95).
Salmon and cream walls lend Vittorio De Roma's vast interior a cozy ambiance, accented by the warm hardwood floors and murals of the Italian coast featuring a hard-to-spot Waldo on a vespa. A full bar keeps glasses brimming with choice cocktails and selections from the restaurant's robust wine list.
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Vittorio de Roma
Each day, the chefs at Vittorio de Roma guide fresh ingredients into Italian pasta makers to craft spaghetti, fettuccine, and lasagna. They plump up ravioli pouches with butternut squash, then toss them in cream sauce with sprinkles of hazelnuts. The restaurant's signature meatballs form classic unions with tender threads of spaghetti and miniature bowlers, as well as with pours from the extensive wine list.
Dark woods characterize the warm main dining room, home to live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. The private dining rooms accommodate guests for events such as birthday parties, showers, and office gatherings.
154 W Northwest Hwy.
Palatine, Illinois 60067