Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane mixture of tomato sauce and parmesan, a savory blend that eventually turned petty car thieves into bona fide pasta barons. Get a baron's share of this desirable concoction with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of fresh, authentic Italian cuisine at Vivace, located in the Nob Hill district.
More than 30 made-from-scratch pasta dishes compete for your appetite's affection from the pages of Vivace's lunch and dinner menus, both flaunting their own set of flavors and fresh ingredients as they stay true to the delicious diversity of Italian regional cuisine. As palates dwell on which main dish to conquer, they can keep themselves occupied by sipping from the lengthy wine list or nibbling on a classic insalata caprese containing tomato slices topped with cheese, basil, and a balsamic vinaigrette ($8 at lunch, $9 at dinner). Spaghetti alla pescatore is a potpourri of seafood, tossing together shrimp, bay scallops, and calamari into a bounce house of pasta and white wine ($16). Or opt for the tortellini alla Mediterranea, which stuffs spicy Italian sausage into a flavorful sleeping bag and tops it with sautéed tomatoes, carrots, celery, capers, and Sicilian olives ($14). Less noodle-centric entrees also reside on Vivace's menu, including the vitello alla picatta, a lemon caper-sauced veal scaloppini served over rosemary taters and grilled asparagus ($15 lunch, $17 dinner), and, during lunch, a selection of deliciously toasty paninis ($7–$9).
With more than 100 seats and several cozy private rooms named after regions of Italy, this cute trattoria is a delightful destination for those looking to treat their whole family to an authentic European dining experience without having to cram the cousins into carry-on luggage. The restaurant is upscale and sophisticated while retaining welcoming warmth, making it simultaneously suitable for a romantic night with a date, a relaxing lunch with a friend, or a feast with a stranger you locked eyes with at the archery range. Call ahead to schedule your reservation.