This month the Divas took a serene, scenic drive out to Farmington, NY to Chef Gio’s Prosecco Italian Restaurant and Jazz Bar. Nestled just a hop skip and jump from downtown Rochester off exit 44, the delicious food is worth the trip.
Located onRoute 332, just minutes off the thruway and close to Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, this intimate, eclectic restaurant was definitely a treat.
Chef Gio, who is the owner of this fabulous Italian inspired restuarant, prides himself with savory culinary creations in a welcoming atmosphere. Along with all the Itailian features, there is also live jazz on the weekends just in time for summer nights and the patio is open for fresh air dining.
Prosecco offers several special features such as “bring your own bottle” Tuesday/Thursday nights where there is no corkage fee and a family Sunday dinner where kids eat free.
Chef Gio even prepares nightly food specials to delight your pallet. The restaurant opens daily at 4:00- 7:00 pm with happy hour. The full service menu includes an invitation to “ Experience a true taste of Italy-authentic dishes made fresh and served in an atmosphere of beautiful textures, wonderful aromas and great music. Prosecco features a variety of Northern and Southern Italian specialties and live entertainment in an ambiance that reflects casual elegance”.
The menu is extensive where accommodations can be made for gluten-free and vegetarian selections. All salad dressings are made fresh and are not consumer products. Additions of chicken, shrimp, scallops or gorgonzola cheese may be added to salads to make a healthy meal. Selections for antipasti include bruschetta, arancini, stuffed artichokes, calamari among other delights.
The Divas enjoyed a fresh broccoli soup and Sicilian calamari to start off our dining experience. The soup was blended to perfection and nice and creamy with fresh broccolo spears. Then the calamari tickled our taste buds and was fried to perfection with a side of marinara sauce for dipping and some spicy banana peppers.
Dinner entrees come with a fresh side salad and fresh bread with specialty butter.
Their pasta selection is extensive. Penne Vodka, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, Alfredo and Manicotti are all choices and even some crab ravioli was offered, which was our choice to enjoy that evening.
Other entrees include chicken or veal marsala, saltimbocca, siciliana, drunken clams, steak and pork chops just to name a few of the decisions we were forced to make. There is even a large selection of pizzas including a gluten-free to choose from.
The Divas decided on a mouth watering steak special with delicious loaded mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. Additionally, we ordered the crab ravioli. Fresh bread was accompanying the meals. The portion sizes were generous and we ended up with a few doggie bag to take home for later. Ok, well my son enjoyed mine as soon as I walked in the door. All the food was perfectly seasoned and the special sauce was delicious. All the vegetables were fresh. The salad dressings were delightful. The homemade bread was to die for.
Important to Divas, the wine selection included their favorite Moscato.
Chef Gio also provides a full catering menu. Proseccos can accommodate weddings, corporate parties and special events. They have a stage and even an aisle perfect to say “I do”. Which Gio said they have had couples do a few times already!
Overall, Prosecco offers a beautiful atmosphere, where you feel like you get just a little taste of what it would feel like to be in Italy. The food is amazing and the customer service was fabulous.
This hidden gem is somewhere we should all begin visiting, especially now that the summer time is right around the corner, and you can enjoy dining both inside and out.
Fine dining is often hard to find that includes all of the amenities that Prosecco Italian Restaurant and Jazz bar offers. Definitely, this is a new place to add to our list of favorite restaurants.