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- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Brian
I was hanging out with a friend, and we were hungry, after discussing where to go for far too long, I drove to Ciao Italia. I had been to this location when it had a different name and owner, it was time for a visit to this new restaurant.
There are two sections to Ciao Italia. When you first walk in, you are in a take out area. To the left is a formal, classy looking dining room. It took a couple of minutes for someone to come out and seat us, but we were there a bit before the typical dinner rush, so I would guess they didn't expect people for sit down service yet.
I ordered the chicken alfredo and my friend ordered the saltimbocca di pollo. We also shared a side of calamari. The calamari was pretty good. It was cooked well, and seasoned, but could have used additional seasoning. My chicken alfredo was amazing - the fettuccini was homemade, a nice touch. The chicken was breaded, which was a little strange, but it worked with the dish and kept the chicken incredibly moist. The alfredo sauce was plentiful and was creamy and amazing. I loved this dish. It did have onions in it which I'm not a huge fan of, but you didn't taste them, it just made for a strange texture once in a while. My friend's saltimbocca was also delicious, we had no complaints about this dish. Serving sizes were on the larger side, so it also served as a good lunch for me the next day.
The servers seemed understaffed for the bulk of the time we were there, but our service wasn't adversly affected too much by it. Ciao Italia is close to my home, had great food and reasonable prices. I will definitely be back - 4 forks.
|Chicken Alfredo||Saltimbocca Di Pollo|
- Category: News
- Written by Brian
Today was the first 'Taste of Upstate NY' event in Saratoga Springs. There were over 20 wineries, breweries, and distilleries as well as 27 other food vendors.
Being their first year, there were a few kinks that will need to be worked out (cash only with no functioning ATM, long rope lines for no reason and a few timing issues) but overall, it was a successful event.
The wineries and vendors were there in full force with a large selection of wares. It is an event you should look out for next year.
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Courtney
After a fantastic weekend in Saratoga, my sister and I wanted to have brunch before we headed home. Ravenous, a crepery on Phila Street, came highly recommended by the locals and the internet. A few people we met the night before strongly advised us to go as early as possible because it fills up fast. And right they were. We arrived at the restaurant 20 minutes after it opened, just in time to grab the last table. Ravenous is a cozy spot, with limited table seating, and room to sit along the windows and at the counter. Unfortunately service was a bit disorganized. On arriving, it is unclear if you should sit down or wait to be seated, since there is no signage for guidance. Several diners who arrived after us were ignored for several minutes while the staff ran around -- until they attempted to sit at a recently vacated table and were told that it had already been reserved by another party by phone. Frankly, I’m surprised they stepped outside and continued to wait. From the time we were sat till the time we had our drinks took about 11 minutes. The servers were very nice, but extremely harried.
Luckily, the food was excellent. We were very torn between the sweet and savory menus, and in the end my sister opted for savory and I decided I needed to try both. You only live once, right? I chose the Zorba the Greek Crepe, which was filled with spinach, feta, scrambled eggs, tomato, onions and fresh basil. The filling was perfectly portioned, and the crepe was surprisingly savory in of itself, and not just a vehicle for the filling. It was really tasty. My sister chose the Lumber Jack crepe containing scrambled eggs, bacon and cheddar, which she deemed excellent. Almost better than the crepes was the homemade pommes frites and the selection of dipping sauces available. We had ours with the BBQ Mayo and the Mango Chutney, which was surprisingly creamy. The pommes frites were delicious and the sauces were good enough to eat with a spoon. For dessert, we ordered the Lemon Blossom crepe, filled with their house made lemon curd and topped with whipped cream. I was happy to see that they use sweeter and fluffier version of the crepe batter for their sweet crepes. And when I tried my first bite of the filling, I was in heaven. It is, far and away, the best lemon curd I’ve ever had.
If you have the time and the patience to wait, the food at Ravenous is excellent. But make no mistake, you’ll be waiting outside, so you definitely don’t want to go on a day that calls for rain. I give them 2 forks for service, but 5 for food. Since the food is the ultimate focus, I compromised on 4 forks and being an impatient person by nature, I doubt I’ll return.
Zorba the Greek Crepe
- Category: Events
- Written by Kent
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Saratoga Sip & Stroll is happening on Wednesday, May 14. Pick up your ticket and nab a wristband for an evening of sampling and sipping throughout Saratoga. The night begins at 6 p.m. and includes free samples of beer, wine, and food as well as specials from more than 20 restaurants and giveaways to remember the flavorful experience. Discounted (1/2 price) tickets may be purchased on LivingSocial for a limited Time. Original Ticket Price: $20 Websites Here: