Still save while dining out

May 20, 2009 10:07:53 AM PDT
If high-end restaurants like Hamilton Township's Spigola want to survive this economic downturn, restaurateurs and their customers are going to have to meet each other halfway.

So says Executive Chef Enzo Febbraro.

For restaurateurs, that means cutting customers a break -- like serving half-portions at half-price, offering coupons, kids' meals and specials.

Febbraro says, "There is a lot of restaurants out there today that are serving two- or three-course meals for $20 or $30."

And if patrons want their favorite restaurants to stay in business, they shouldn't stop eating out. Instead, Enzo suggests using strategies that will cut down on the bill.

Some ideas:
Skip drinks or wine
Pack up leftovers, so you get two meals instead of one
And consider going out for lunch instead of dinner.

Febbraro says, "Basically, the same thing that you're gonna get for dinner, you're gonna get for lunch. But it's cheaper for lunch than for dinner. "

Finally, Enzo says there are great dining out values available, if you're willing to look for them.

For more information about Spigola, including directions and special deals, click here.

For discounted restaurant gift certificates from Restaurant.com, click here.

For half-price deals at restaurants and retailers in our area, from Philly Half off, click here.

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