Forgione, an artist with a studio on Mount Hope, told us that
Rochester didn't use to have many Italian restaurants because
the Rochester Italians ate at home and couldn't really afford
to eat out. That has all changed, of course. He recommended this
place but couldn't remember the name. He described the location.
stopped in after cross country skiing in Durrand Eastman Park.
It was a Friday night and we didn't have reservations. They were
able to seat us but the place was packed. It is a very cozy room
with salmon colored walls and a non working fireplace. They seem
to have their own faithful crowd of regulars and we could easily
become some of them.
place is right there on East Ridge near Culver but it was really
tough to find. We drove by it twice before zeroing in. The building
is really an old house and it is turned to the side and it sits
behind another house. If you're lucky you'll see the Italian Flag
flying out front. Or you could pretend you were going through
the drive through window at Popeye's and you would be right next
to La Trattoria. It is on a short street that leads to a cluster
of stores. It is not actually on East Ridge. I'm trying to help
you find it because I highly recommend it.
were there in the middle of winter but the patio looks comfortable.
The soup of the day was a chicken brooth, eggdrop, escarole combination
that was divine. We ordered a nice $15 bottle of Montepulciano
and two chicken dishes. The Pollo Cora was prepared with asparagus
and shrimp in a Marsella sauce. The Pollo d'Abruzzo had mushrooms,
procuttio and canellini beans. The plates were deliberatlely mismatched.
The service was friendly and professional. This could be our favorite
place in the whole batch. We will have to return.