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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Amore's Italian Street Fest - Round 2

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the Rochesteriat Rochester festivals are one of the many things we love about life here in the ROC, so we're quite excited to see that Amore's Italian Street Fest is back for year two.

Here's a quick peek inside last year's Fest to get you excited for this Saturday, June 6th:

Amore Italian Street Fest

Held in the parking lot in front of the restaurant (at the East Ave Wegmans), Amore transformed the area last year and filled a tent with delicious food and live music.

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There was a live demonstration on how to properly crack a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano...

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...with plenty of samples to go around at the end.

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There was a lot of cheese, but there was more than just cheese.

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There was also charcuterie, pasta, pizza, sausage, shrimp, veggies and more, but apparently we were too busy enjoying the food to actually take a picture of it!

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This year's menu and details can be found on their website. Looks like it will be another great year.

Italian Street Fest: Website Saturday, June 6th: 4-9pm

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Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is not Italian, but could eat pasta, pizza, and Italian goodies any day of the week! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.


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Congratulations Wegmans, You Did It!

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New York City Not too long ago I was living in the East Village of Manhattan, as a single guy with not a care in the world, but also very little money after the rent was paid. I remember wanting to make a quick and easy dinner: why not go with cereal? Such a guy-thing, or post-college-I'm-starving-thing to do...all I needed was the cold milk and a bowl of my favorite sugary-marshmallowy packed goodness. This could only be $5 at most, no?

That's when reality set in. New York City wasn't a place that was blessed by the grocery gods. It became all-too apparent that no matter where I went shopping in the Lower East Side, in Manhattan, or in the Tri-State region (Wegmans had not expanded quite yet) I was soon paying nearly $5 for the gallon of milk, and another $5 or so for a box of stale cereal that had been sitting on the shelf since Ed Koch was Mayor. What gives?

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In one word, and we all know it up here in Western New York: Wegmans. Most places around this country just aren't as lucky as we are. I guess the best thing about that is that they don't even know it, so let's call it "The Less You Know" campaign. Until Wegmans gets there, they'll just never know.

So the point I am getting to is this: for those of us who grew up in this city (or have been here for some time) with the amazing Wegmans at our beck and call - helping us out with every aspect of our lives including everyday groceries, medications, birthday parties, super bowl bashes, lunch-time subs, etc. - we tend to take it for granted that we have it so good. Usually we don't even know that to be true until we leave this area for a place that doesn't know of Wegmans and all its glory.

And it's not until we take a step back and see from the national spotlight how our local flavor is viewed in the eyes of others do we regain a sense of pride and astonishment as to what Wegmans really built in Rochester and beyond. With that, and with all the child-like wonder of Buddy-the-Elf, we'd like to say "You Did It! Congratulations!"

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We wanted to share some of the press that has been written on Wegmans in recent times, and congratulate them for some of their recent honors of being named in the Top 100 Best Companies To Work For by Fortune (again!), Best Supermarket in America by Consumer Reports (2014), and America's Most Respected Retailer by Harris Polls (2015).

25 Reasons Wegmans Is The Greatest Supermarket The World Will Ever Know

Top 100 Best Companies To Work For

21 Reasons You Should Join The Wegmans Cult

The Most Respected Retailer In America

Consumer Reports - Best Grocery Store In America


Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. While the parking situation over at the East Avenue Wegmans leaves much to be desired, Amore Restaurant certainly makes up for it with their $5 pizzas on Tues, Wed, and Thurs nights. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook


 

Best Ways to Keep or Break Your New Year's Resolutions

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Let's be honest, when January kicked off, we were all pretty gung-ho about the New Year. "This year will be different. This year I'll eat better and work out more. This is the year."

Yes, we've all been there and we sure do start strong. Sometimes good practices turn into habits...and sometimes they don't. February is almost over and the year presses on...so where are you with your New Year's resolutions - steadfast, barely holding on, or long gone?

All judgement aside from us, here are some of the best ways we found to keep - and break! your New Year's Resolutions in the city.

FOOD | KEEP IT

EAT AT HOME! Cooking at home is a great way to eat healthy - especially since you see everything that goes into your food. Shop LOCAL at the Public Market, Hart's, or Abundance Co-op and enjoy the comfort and quiet of your own home.

Why yes, that bowl is bigger than your face! Don't force yourself to finish it, take half home. And, if it was a delicious meal, you'll get to enjoy it twice... what's not to love? Pictured above is the quinoa beef kabob bowl at Saha Med Grill on University. Quinoa, grilled veggies and beef kabobs. Don't devour the entire thing (and the soup or salad it comes with) and this could help you keep your diet resolutions...

FOOD | BREAK IT

A garbage plate a day will not keep the doctor away. Rochester (and Nick Tahou's) is home to the "Garbage Plate". This classic has grown from more than just burgers or dogs over fries/homefries, mac salad, and beans, to Italian sausage, chicken fingers and more, oh and don't forget the hot sauce. But according to Wikipedia, Health.com has named the Garbage Plate the "fattiest food in the state of New York".

Burgers smothered in cheese, topped with onion strings, mac & cheese, pulled pork, fries, and more, that's what you'll find at Bunga Burger Bar. But, don't despair, their menu has "lighter fair": turkey burgers, black bean burgers, salmon burgers, and portobello mushroom burgers. You will also find 2 salads on the menu, but alas, they are covered in Caesar dressing & cheese, or blue cheese and buffalo wing sauce. These may not be on the New Year's Resolution diet either...

Apparently, all of our break-your-resolution food ideas involved burgers... and Furoshiki's Ramen Burger makes the list with their ramen buns. Though we will say, it is topped with tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado with a side salad. Maybe this won't won't break your diet after all.

I WORK OUT

We've written about the Downtown Fitness Club before, because of their stellar memberships starting at $5 a month. For what we spend out to eat and on coffee, we can probably spare $5 a month to get fit, right?

Maybe you need the appropriate gear first. Head over to Fleet Feet in the Culver Road Armory and stock up on all the essentials. Maybe a new outfit will inspire you to hit the gym more often.

MONEY | SAVE IT

Amore's latest happy hour deal is sure to delight those who want to eat out and save money. Tuesday thru Thursday, 4-7pm, sit in their wine bar area and get $5 pizzas - that's half price! And enjoy their happy hour drink specials. Heading out on a Monday? Well, that's Flight Night with its own set of deals. Great food and drinks for a steal.

Did you know tickets for a Monday movie showing at The Little Theatre are only $5? Compared to national chains where tickets can cost $10-15 dollars, you can't go wrong. And if you're a fan of strange or offbeat movies, check out their MONDO MOVIE Series on Friday night's, these screenings are also only $5.

MONEY | SPEND IT

If your resolution was to save money, then spending it would be the opposite. What better way to splurge and indulge than on high quality, American made clothing at the new BENRUS in the Culver Road Armory. This military inspired company fits perfectly with the history of the Armory which was built in 1918.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Maybe your goal this year is to learn something new. Check out the offerings at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education if you're looking for something creative to tackle. You'll find paper making, bookbinding, letterpress classes, a community darkroom, classes for all ages, pottery and so much more.

Maybe you don't have days or weeks to commit to something new, try Rochester Brainery. Learn something new in 2 hours for a price tag you can afford. Classes range from topics on technology and crafts, to architecture and languages. Maybe you're on the opposite end of the spectrum and you have something to share with others - why not teach a class? You'll even make a few bucks in the process.

And don't forget about this thing called a LIBRARY, it lets you borrow books, audio books, dvd's and even art with just the swipe of a library card! Check out the Central Library's new media center while you're at it!

So, whatever your goals and dreams may be - stick to it! And remember it's not bad to splurge every once in a while. Happy resolution keeping.... or breaking!


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She isn't really one for writing resolutions so it's safe to safe she hasn't kept... or broken any! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.

Amore: so much to love

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Amore Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar recently launched a new menu and since we've been eager to go, we decided this was the perfect chance. While you may not think a "supermarket restaurant" would be your first choice for a great experience, we beg to differ. Once inside you'll quickly forget where you just entered from, whether it be the parking lot...

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Amore Store Entrance While Wegmans has no plans to ever leave the Grocery business, they've added a few restaurants to the mix. Danny Wegman and his wife, Stency, love restaurants, restaurant culture, and dining out - and they want to share the experience they love - with you.

Dining Area What was the inspiration for an Italian restaurant, you ask? A love for Italian food! We certainly loved everything we've had so far, from the Vegetable Rustica appetizer, to the pizzas.

Vegetable Rustica Pizza at Amore You may be surprised to find out that a lot of the inspiration and influence for Amore is actually from an Italian restaurant in Switzerland. The decor even has a bit of an Austrian influence. We couldn't help but admire the reclaimed wood beams that are found throughout the restaurant. Amore wasn't made to look or feel new, but it has a more "well loved" feel with a mix of modern touches.

Downstairs Seating Area Interested in watching the Chefs make your dinner? It's easy to peer into the kitchen at Amore... it's even the first thing you see when you walk in (and we love the pizza oven!):

Pizza OvenChefs at Amore The ingredients are fresh. Did we mention that all of the sauces as well as the pizza dough are homemade? And the pizza dough only has 5 ingredients - water, flour, yeast, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Simple and delicious!

Fresh Ingredients In addition to the main dining area, there is a second level.....

The Stairs at Amore Second Floor Seating Area ...and an indoor terrace that will make you forget you're even in Rochester!

Amore Inside Terrace Whether you grab a table or a seat at the bar you can enjoy a glass of wine from their vast selection.

Bar at Amore 39 wines can be ordered by the glass or quartino (approximately a glass and a half worth), and almost every one of those is also available by the bottle. 85% of the wines are Italian wines with a few from New York State and California.

Wine Glass Besides the wonderful food, great service, and cozy atmosphere, we loved sitting down with Restaurant Manager, Jigmed Latshang, to learn more about the vision and heart of the restaurant. Having been in the culinary and hospitality industry for many years, both stateside and abroad, Jigmed has called Rochester home for the last 5 years and he loves it. "You can just feel it, something is about to happen", he said to us as we talked about the potential in the city. "Rochester has to be its own place", he said, "it's not New York City and it's not Chicago". We really feel like Amore (and Jigmed) are adding to the restaurant culture of the city and we hope you do too.

Their hope at Amore, is to create healthy, classic Italian food. "Good, simple dishes that people will enjoy." They also hope that when you leave... you've had a great time!

Amore Details: Website: http://www.wegmansamore.com/ Phone: (585) 452-8780

Lunch: Sun - Sat: 11:30AM - 4PM

Dinner: Sun - Thurs: 4PM - 9PM Fri - Sat: 4PM - 10PM

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