BITES & SIPS ||
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...
or the store...
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.
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.
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.
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!):
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!
In addition to the main dining area, there is a second level.....
...and an indoor terrace that will make you forget you're even in Rochester!
Whether you grab a table or a seat at the bar you can enjoy a glass of wine from their vast selection.
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.
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