Friday, February 26, 2016
With locations in the Southwedge and in Fairport, Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria focuses on … pizza! Their menu includes some delicious pizza combinations, like the Cuban, with BBQ sauce, pulled pork, ham, dill pickles cheese, and crispy fried onion. What a delectable combination! Pasta, Paninis and salads round out the offerings. And you could easily order from the list of innovative appetizers to create a meal.
Providing high-quality and healthy food in Rochester for over 30 years, Fruit & Salad Co. is located in Bushnell’s Basin in a charming, casual space on Rt. 96. At lunch you can order homemade soups, salads, creative sandwiches, quiche, burgers and more from the service counter. But at night, it’s table service. Dinner entrees are served with your choice of soup or salad. A variety of dinner options include chicken & biscuits, shrimp risotto, meatloaf, stockyard steak, and many creative pasta dishes.
Desserts, wine and beer round out the offerings. Although no NY wines or craft brews are listed on the online menu, a selection of red and white wines by the glass or bottle is available, as well as a few bottled beers.
Overall, Fruit & Salad is a nice change of pace.
“Specializing in Lebanese Food with a Mediterranean Flair, made Fresh” is how Dalia’s describes itself. This new restaurant, at 1220 Fairport Rd. (behind Abbott’s on Rt. 13F) has some excellent recent reviews on Yelp. The consensus is that the food is varied (large menu), fresh and delicious; a great addition to the Fairport/Penfield/ ER dining scene. The online menu lists soups, salads, pitas, pizzas, pasta and “special plates” (a variety of Mediterranean options such as Falafel, Kibbe and Grilled Shish Taouk). And if you don’t have the time to sit, take out is available. Although the menu does not list beer or wine options, the reviewers suggest you can bring in your own bottle of wine, with no corkage fees. Might want to call the restaurant and confirm this!
If you haven’t visited the Village in a while, you’ll notice that the venerable Green Lantern Inn is no longer. Another “landmark” restaurant, Mr. Dominic’s, has moved into the mansion. This is an off-shoot of Mr. Dominic’s at the Lake, and seems to be just as popular. Italian is its specialty -- with a wide –ranging menu of pasta, chicken, veal, fish and beef. The renovated bar area in the lower level is said to be quite a great space, with a nice variety of wines, beers and spirits. Mr. Dominic’s on Main also has event space for up to 160 people. Reservations are definitely recommended for this popular venue.
On the eastern edge of Perinton is the High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center. This 1,000 landfill is owned by Waste Management, and within it is the High Acres Nature Area. The Nature Area is 250 acres dedicated to community trails, wildlife habitat protection and interactive learning. More than 130 resident and migrant bird species have been identified in the area, as well as mink, muskrat beaver, deer, newts and frogs.
With more than 4 miles of trails, the Nature Area is conducive to hiking, nature walks and jogging. Additionally, fishing, bird watching cross country skiing and picnicking can all be experiences within the Nature Area. High Acres Landfill is located at 425 Perinton Parkway, Fairport.
The Perinton Historical Society operates the Fairport Museum, located at 18 Perrin St. in the Village of Fairport.
A special event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15th, 7pm, as the Historical Society welcomes Fairport’s own Howard and Doug Sharp. This father and son duo are 2-time Grand Champions of The Great Race and will discuss their experiences. This multi-state rally is an antique, vintage and collector car competitive controlled-speed rally on public highways. Only autos built in 1972 or earlier may participate. Howard and Doug won the race in both 2011 and 2015, driving their 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Hillclimber. The Sharps own and operate RV&E Bike and Skate, located on Main St. in Fairport with a second shop in Canandaigua.
The Sharps intend to participate in the 2016 rally which will begin June 18th in San Rafael, CA and finish in Moline, IL.
The Museum event on March 15th is free of charge.
Savor the Flavor of Fairport is back for its 8th year and will be held on Sunday, March 6th at Eagle Vale Country Club. This fundraiser for the Fairport Rotary Club is an outstanding opportunity to support local charities as well as enjoy wine, spirits and beer tastings (22 wineries; 3 distillers; 4 breweries) in addition to food from 20 local restaurants. The afternoon event is from 1-4pm and includes a silent auction and raffle for a 48” Vizio TV. Tickets are $40 per person, available in advance from any Fairport Rotarian, at the door, or through PayPal (http://fairportrotary.com/events/savor-the-flavor-of-fairport-2016/).
Do you enjoy traveling? Perhaps you are an arm-chair traveler – interested in discovering without actually traveling. Either person will enjoy the 4th Tuesday of the month Travelogue at the Fairport Library. The event begins at 1pm in the Library Community Room. On March 22, Ireland is the destination. No registration is required. If you haven’t yet ventured in since the re-model, the library has a whole new vibe!