Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare for brunch, lunch, or dinner at V's Italiano Ristorante in Independence.
The chefs at V's Italiano Ristorante invoke the flavors and ambiance of Old World Italy as they serve coveted family recipes from eclectic menus in an eatery bedecked in crawling grapevines. A signature blend of seasoned breadcrumbs coats wedges of provolone cheese before they take dips in the deep fryer ($7.95). Diners munch on slices of seafood pesto pizza topped with crab and shrimp (15”, $19.50) to savor the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea without having to track down a dinner-appropriate wetsuit. Italian specialties also include chicken lemonata, in which cooks dip boneless chicken breasts in egg yolk and paint them with a lemon and wine sauce ($18.95). On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests rouse appetites with all-you-can-eat brunch, which comprises offerings of italian sausage, biscuits and gravy, and a fresh sautéed pasta station ($17.95 for adults).
Inside the restaurant, exposed brick archways, faux grape vines, and stained glass create an atmosphere reminiscent of an Italian villa. Outside, authentic vines twist and twirl on a grape arbor as they slurp waters from a stone waterfall. About 175 couples have joined the restaurant's Engagement Club, which includes a plaque placed in the booth where the proposal occurs and the complimentary use of one kneepad.
V's Italiano Ristorante
In 1963, Vita and Jay Totta opened up their cozy café with a small counter, three tables, and four booths. Within three years, the couple’s following of loyal diners had overgrown their modest space, and they expanded to a larger location with more than twice the seating capacity of the original café. Another steady increase in popularity led the Tottas to create V's Italiano Ristorante as it stands today, which includes a spacious dining room, three private banquet rooms, a lounge, and an outdoor patio. When designing and building the restaurant in 1971, Jay—a professional architect—focused on creating an Old-World atmosphere where guests could enjoy everything from Sunday brunch to romantic candlelight dinners with their tax auditors. Patrons may also venture out to the restaurant's garden patio, where they'll eat by a stone waterfall and under the vines of a grape arbor originally planted by Vita's father.