“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”

When you hear “Mazzone Hospitality” in this area, you know you’re getting delicious, high-quality food- what else could they do? With a partnership with the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian TavoloTourOfItalyMinistry of Agriculture, next, they’re taking you on a journey of Italy. Starting January 23rd, each Mazzone location will feature a prix-fixe menu a week at a time showcasing DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta) and IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) foods. DOP is a certification that ensures that products are locally grown and packaged by local farmers and artisans, using traditional methods of Italy. IGP is protected geographical information,” which awards the IGP seal to products from specific regions of Europe. If you’re interested in participating in the “Angelo’s Tour of Italy” program & you received a passport at Tavolo this past week, continue your journey. With a completed passport at the last restaurant, you will receive a gift card for $250. Sunday night (1/29), I had the opportunity to try the prix-fixe menu at Angelo’s Tavolo in Scotia at the Glen Sanders Mansion.

Monday 1/23- Sunday 1/29: Angelo’s Tavolo in Scotia, Highlighting Naples

Monday, 1/30- Saturday 2/4: Tala American Bistro in Latham, Highlighting Bologna

Monday, 2/6- Saturday 2/11: Aperitivo Bistro in Schenectady, Highlighting Palermo

Monday, 2/20- Saturday, 2/25: Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany, Highlighting Rome

Monday, 2/27- Sunday, 3/5: Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill in Clifton Park, Highlighting Venice

Monday, 3/6- Sunday, 3/12: Fish at 30 Lake in Saratoga Springs, Highlighting Cagliari

Wednesday, 3/15- Saturday, 3/18: Prime at Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs, Highlighting Florence

The first course was Risotto alla Pescatora. I loved this course so much. The large pieces of shrimp, the calamari and mussels all made this fishy risotto delicious. I loved the touch of broken up bread sticks as a garnish on top even though I pushed them all to the bottom to soak up the buttery goodness. Risotto is such a pain to cook and can be done so poorly, this risotto was some of the best I’ve had.

Second course was Rigatoni alla Puttanesca. I loved how the olives and capers really enhanced the sauce. The pasta was cooked perfectly and though I could see bits of img_8911anchovy and taste it a bit, the fish flavor wasn’t over powering. Though pasta, it did seem like a lighter dish after the heavier risotto first course. The amount was perfect but I knew dessert was coming so I took half of my meal home as leftovers.

Third course was Trio di Dolcezza, featuring a hazelnut cake, zabaione cream with limoncello and vanilla bean mascarpone. I really enjoyed the cake. There were bits of hazelnuts within it which gave the cake itself a great texture. Paired with the mascarpone, it was like bread and butter. The smooth cream and the light nutty cake was the perfect way to end a heavier meal. The dessert could’ve done without the limoncello because of how delicious it was already but I’m really glad it was there. I love limoncello and it just further enhanced the other delicious flavors on the plate. With the plate, I had a glass of limoncello that was recommended via the optional wine pairing menu.

The meal was great and for $40/pp it was a great deal for such delicious food. All of the menus are different and if the prix-fixe menu isn’t for you, you can also order off of the Tour of Italy bar menu but you will no longer be qualified for the $250 gift certificate. Which of the locations interests you the most?

NOTE: Though I was not paid for my review, my meal was comped by the restaurant in order to give me the opportunity to write about them. 

[Quote by Giuseppe Verdi]

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