Foodie File: A taste of Italy, inside Cassadaga’s historic hotel
Bar hop — Not looking for a sit-down meal, but want a nice drink in a comfortable, historic atmosphere? You’re in luck: Sinatra’s has bar seating, as well as table dining.
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Welcome — The scenery and delicious smells pull you into the dining room of Sinatra’s L’Aldila Ristorante inside the Cassadaga Hotel. Owners Scott and Jodi Sinatra have been in business for six years, and pride themselves on serving delicious Italian meals.
Feeling saucy — Looking for something traditional and filling? Try the lasagna at Sinatra’s L’Aldila Ristorante. This meal is layered with sausage, ground beef, pasta, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese and blended with Sinatra’s homemade marinara sauce.
Our newest Beaconite, Sarah McAskill, recently stopped by Sinatra’s L’Aldila Ristorante at the historic Cassadaga Hotel for an authentic Italian dinner with her friend Robin Just.
Sinatra’s embodies the family values of the Italian culture. Husband-and-wife team Scott and Jodi Sinatra take pride in providing delicious Italian meals, with the menu varying from salads and pizzas to traditional entrees.
“Sinatra’s is family-owned and -operated,” Scott Sinatra said.
Sinatra’s L’Aldila Ristorante has been open inside the historic hotel for six years, and their menu strives to showcase every region of Italy.
Dishes verge from rustic to non-traditional — taking a modern twist on a classic Italian dish. The creativity in the menu makes the dining experience that much more special.
The chefs and dining staff are happy to accommodate varying diets.
Sarah and Robin started dinner with the Shrimp I-Thai-liano, enjoying the appetizer as well as the punny name. The seafood dish features lightly breaded shrimp tossed in a tasty, delicate Thai chili sauce and served on a colorful crunchy Thai slaw.
“It was amazing,” Robin said.
Robin fell in love with her entree, Gnocchi E Umiliare — gnocchi pasta and grilled chicken in a creamy butternut squash sauce, topped with farmer’s cheese and toasted pistachios.
“The food is innovative and creative. I cannot wait to return,” she said.
Sarah decided to stick with seafood and devoured the Pescare Aragosta. This dish features a beautiful blackened mahi along with a lobster sauce on fresh pesto risotto.
“It is a fun and delicious dining experience. Friendly service and wonderful entertainment, too,” Sarah said.
The pair finished with the Tuxedo Bomb Chocolate Mousse, which Robin described as “pure delight.”
Along with flavor-filled food and a picturesque dining room, Sarah and Robin said the service adds flair to the experience. The chefs and servers were very kind and complemented the calm and personal ambience.
The atmosphere is livelier every second and fourth Friday of the month, when Sinatra’s features its Dueling Pianos event, featuring pianists such as Harry Rios, Gary Filip and Jason Scott on the restaurant’s 100- and 120-year-old pianos.
Cuisine: Rustic Italian
Specialty: Quality, traditional Italian meals
Location: Cassadaga Hotel, 355 Cassadaga Road
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Our bill for two meals, an appetizer and dessert: $47.51
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