Amore: Classic Cocktails with an “Italian Twist”

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On September 4th, Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar launched a brand Cocktail menu to their already extensive Wine & Beer menu. Amore is calling the new line up: classic cocktails with an “Italian twist”.

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You’ll find favorites like a Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Negroni Sour and more, all with Amore’s unique touch. The “Black Manhattan” contains chocolate bitters, the “Italian Old Fashioned” features blood orange liquor and orange bitters, and the “Margarita Speziata” includes blood orange liquor and spicy honey.

They are almost too pretty to drink!

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Along with the launch of the cocktails came a brand new (almost daily) Happy Hour. Running from 4-7pm Monday through Saturday, the Happy Hour bar menu includes $6 cocktails, draft beer and house wine specials as well as $10 pizzas and other featured menu items.

Speaking of menu items, don’t miss the house-made pastas, mouth-watering pizzas and everything else that comes out of the kitchen from the Chef Pasquale Sorrentino.

For more information and to see the menu: Amore’s Website.
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5 Steps to Enjoy the Foodlink Festival of Food!

If you've been in Rochester for any length of time you've probably heard about the Foodlink Festival of Food! This year they are celebrating their 15th year on Monday, September 17th from 6-9pm at the City of Rochester Public Market.

Here are 5 steps you need to take to have the best experience:

1. Buy Your Ticket!

This one might be a given, but it’s coming up quickly and you don't want to wait. This is a big event every year and a great celebration of our region's agriculture and culinary talents. To purchase your ticket head to: Foodlink's Website

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door, VIP is $75 in advance only. Each attendee receives a wine glass, tasting plate and unlimited free samples!

2. Invite Your Friends

Sure, this event could be a blast on your own, trying whatever foods you want and meeting new people, but why not have your crew there with you?!

3. Go!

Once you're set and your friends are set, clear your schedule, you're going to the Festival of Food! It's Monday, September 17th from 6-9pm at the City of Rochester Public Market.

4. Eat, Drink & Be Merry

The Foodlink Festival of Food is said to be Upstate New York's largest tasting event with tastings from 120 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, bakeries and farms. Sample from new restaurants like Native Eatery and Bar, Steadfast and Swan Dive, right along side the Rochester staples like Lento, James Brown Place and Salena's. Maybe skip lunch this day...

5. Feel Great about Supporting Foodlink

Foodlink's mission is "to leverage the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities"  and their history in Rochester reaches back to 1978. They are fighting hunger through nutrition education, food access programs, food banks, mobile pantries and so much more. All proceeds benefit Foodlink, who has been serving Central and Western New York for almost 40 years.

Festival Details: Tickets, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Find out more about Foodlink: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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Take a Walking Tour through Downtown

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When traveling through the city, you're probably focused on the time and where you need to be. Most of us do it. But what you're missing is big, you're driving right by all the gems of Rochester's past (and future). Maybe it's time to get out of the car and give our city a second look, it is Spring after all.... right?

Did you know that the Landmark Society of Western NY has walking tours you can access online and on your phone? So, you can either print the maps ahead of time or just pull them up on your phone as you go! Why do we love this? Here are 4 reasons:

1. Six quick tours

These walks are broken down into manageable distances, averaging at 0.7 miles with the longest at 1.2 miles. You could even walk around the city for a few hours and enjoy each of these tours in one day.

2. It's good for you

We spend our time in cars, sitting down, eating, working at a desk and looking at our the screens on our phones. Going for a walk is good for you! When you travel to bigger cities like the Big Apple, you may not think twice about walking around for an hour or two (or five!) - why not do that here?

3. Our city is fascinating

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With quite a few years of Wall\Therapy under our belt we are constantly discovering a new mural, maybe you'll discover a few as well. Our city also has beautiful architecture, sculptures and unique things that are easily missed when not taken in slowly.

4. It's ok to leave the path

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You might be on a tour to look at specific buildings, but who's to say you can go off the path just a little. Our suggestion? Head to the top of a nearby parking garage for a different view of some of the places you just looked at from the ground. You'll have a whole new perspective on the city.

Each of these 6 walks give you different views and different things to learn about our in city, its buildings, and its history. Take a break, grab a friend, and go for a walk.

Landmark Society: Walking Tour Details

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Goals for 2018 @ the Rochesteriat

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At the end of each year and the beginning of the new one, we (Jason & Stefanie) always take some time to reflect and look ahead.

When we launched the Rochesteriat (coming up on 5 years!) we had a goal to write about all of the positive and great things happening within the city limits of Rochester - that goal has never changed. We're proud to be a positive light for what's happening in the city.

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When we started this site, it was our only "passion project", but since then it's expanded to Movies With a Downtown View, the Washington Square Park Community Association, our coming soon business - MetroPops, and so much more! We wrote about some of these things in our 2017 is Done! Let's Look Back post if you haven't seen it yet. As we dig into this new year, we wanted to share some behind the scenes info...

Our Professional Goals for 2018


the Rochesteriat is here to stay. Even as our time is spread among other things our goal is to continue to produce fresh content, keep our Events Page up-to-date and continue to produce our Weekly Email. Our new posts may not be weekly, but we're not going anyway and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!


Our biggest goal for 2018 is to launch MetroPops! The idea for MetroPops came from a desire to help local businesses in Rochester and see more people support local. MetroPops is a deal site focusing on the best LOCAL places to eat and drink, experience and enjoy.  We accomplished a lot in 2017, but there's still so much to do - (again, check out our 2017 is Done! Let's Look Back post for more info).

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Movies With a Downtown View is celebrating 5 years this summer and we could not be more thrilled. We have some exciting things in the mix for this year that may or may not include more than 2 movie nights. Stay tuned for the dates and all the deets!


Lastly, and on a broader perspective with the WSPCA, we're beginning a focused look at Washington Square Park and how we can make some much needed changes to it. There are a lot positive things happening in Center City, and we want to make sure we do our part by making our neighborhood and park the best  it can be. Work will begin shortly as we partner up with Community Design Center Rochester through a series of discussions, meetings, and events that include a public charrette, hiring a professional landscape designer, and developing plans for the near future and beyond. 

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We're looking forward to a great year and hope you continue to follow along with the Rochesteriat, stay tuned for MetroPops and join us at our movie nights this summer!

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2017 is Done! Let's Look Back...

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The year is just about over, but it has been an exciting one. While we're always working to produce new posts for the site we also have a lot of things happening behind the scenes.

Here are some of our highlights for 2017:

Washington Square Park Community Association

Informally for the last 4-5 year we've been working to create a neighborhood association for the Washington Square Park Community. At the end of 2016 we gathered some stakeholders in the area and officially formed a non-profit (501c3) at the beginning of 2017. Our 11 member, all volunteer board has been hard at work this year working to solidify the inaugural year of the Washington Square Park Community Association

Things we've accomplished this year: formed 501(c)(3), incorporated, put up neighborhood banners, 2017 Clean Sweep, awarded a $15,000 RACF grant, the Austrian cannon was refurbished and returned, and the Soldiers and Sailors monument was cleaned. 

We're in our last few days of the 2017 fundraising initiative, check out this link for more information. 

Related Posts:
6 Things You'll Want to Take Note of in the WSP Neighborhood
The Austrian Cannon Has Returned

Movies With a Downtown View - Year 4!

One of our favorite things every year happens once in July and once in August - Movies With a Downtown View. This FREE movie night happens in MLK Jr. Memorial Park and includes food trucks, a beer garden, tons of local giveaways and a great movie. This event would not be possible without all of our incredible sponsors.

In 2018 we will be celebrating 5 years! We are looking forward to making it an even better event and celebration. Keep an eye out for the announcement of our dates for the year: MWADV.

Related Post: Movies With a Downtown View 2017 - That's A Wrap!

Reached over 10,000 on Instagram

We love sharing our adventures across the city and all of the great places we have here. Social media has been a fun and quick way to do this. The picture above shows our top 9 Instagram pictures for the year, thank you to everyone who follows us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Upstate Social Sessions - Panel

 Photo: Jessica Gasbarre

Photo: Jessica Gasbarre

This year Upstate Social Sessions celebrated 3 years. This has been a great event for our city (and the only Social Media conference in the area). It's a day to inspire and educate the community on the value of social media in our personal and professional lives. This year we were honored to sit on the "Matching a (User)name To a Face" panel along with Sarah Knight of Roc Girl Gang, Kevin Heffernan of Rise Collaborative, and Scott Pukos of The Little Theatre. We're already looking forward to year 4.

MetroPops - Coming Soon

You may have seen us post about MetroPops this year on the site and social media. MetroPops is a deal site focusing on the best LOCAL places to eat and drink, experience and enjoy. While we haven't launched our new biz yet, it has been an exciting year of accomplishments:

  • We created MetroPops and hired A3 Design to help us create our brand visually
  • MetroPops launched on Social Media to begin sharing our journey and business venture (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • We held events at McCann's, The Playhouse/Swillburger, and The Vesper
  • Our Indiegogo campaign raised over $1,000
  • We've met with quite a few businesses to have our first deals ready to go
  • We held a Bartending Fundraiser at Black Button Distilling for the Washington Square Park Community Association
  • We've received a lot of positive and helpful feedback from friends, family, supporters and businesses in Rochester!

Each of these steps and many more little ones have brought us to the end of the year. Our website is built and we're going through the final process of preparing for launch. We're really looking forward to 2018 - stay tuned for our launch date.

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Cheers to 2017, now bring on the New Year!

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