In New York on Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 22.75 points to close at 10,388.90, advances led declines on volume of 460 million shares, and Sandro's sold its splendid bucatini amatriciana for just under $10.40. That's more than $12 below what the menu says, thanks to an early-evening promotion that pegs pasta prices at one-thousandth of each day's closing Dow, points to dollars. For this uptown trattoria, the deal paid a publicity dividend upon its initial public offering in February, though until now Chowhounds haven't had much to say about it.
While it's no longer the bargain it was—the Dow was languishing between 7,000 and 8,000 when the deal was introduced—ml77 issues a strong buy recommendation: "Basically, it's about $10 for a pasta that typically goes for about $20. And what pasta!" That amatriciana, with pancetta and onion in tomato sauce, is "addictive," he adds. MMRuth is sold on Sandro's spaghetti al limone ($19.50 on the menu; for today's price, call your broker).
This deal is offered only from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and it'll end when the Dow breaks 11,000. An optimist, that Sandro.
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