Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Copper Oven & Il Posto Bistro (Finger Lakes, NY)

As I mentioned in my last post, we're planning another vacation for this fall and that made me realize I never finished some posts from previous vacations. This time, it's two restaurants from our Finger Lakes trip last October. OK, yes, 11 months ago. But Fall/October is a great time to go to the Finger Lakes area, so if you're looking for a getaway to see some fall colors, drink some wine, enjoy some waterfalls and hiking, and eat some yummy food, then check out my Finger Lakes posts from last October.
First up, The Copper Oven in Ovid, NY. I am surprised I let this post sit so long because we really like The Copper Oven. We had been driving around, doing some wine tastings and cheese tastings when we found ourselves hungry for lunch. We were near Ovid, so we decided on The Copper Oven for lunch. We sat outside, and even though it was a bit cool and a bit breezy, it was a sunny day.
First we shared a really good salad. I can't remember everything in the salad because it has been so long, but it looks like beets, goat cheese, and walnuts. If it's the same salad as the one on the current menu, the dressing was fig balsamic. It was pretty big but we ate the entire salad.
Then we shared a pizza of the day. It had smoked chicken and an apple cider reduction and cheese and herbs. Really tasty. We ate the entire pizza. I was pretty impressed that for lunch we ate the entire salad and entire pizza!
The copper oven, above, and wood for the oven, below.
I'd definitely make a point of going back here if we were in the area.

The Copper Oven Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 The last restaurant to write about is Il Posto Bistro in Canandaigua, NY.
We didn't have a reservation but we were seated right away. While we were in the area, places didn't seem too busy during the week in October. I remember it was dimly lit inside.
There was more in the bread/biscuit basket, but I forgot to take a photo until after we raided it! To start we shared Fried Goat Cheese. It was the first time I'd had fried goat cheese and it was fantastic. Two rounds atop some sauteed spinach and topped with tomatoes.
SP had a risotto of the day. At this point, I have no recollection of what was in it.
I had Veal with Terre Mare Sauce (shrimp, mushrooms, artichokes, scallions, white wine):
I remember really liking the sauce & mushrooms, wishing there were more shrimp, and while the veal was good, it was not the best I've ever had. It was a little tough. But overall tasty.
SP had a lemon tart/torte/cake thing for dessert and it was good. I had tiramisu:
It was OK. I wasn't keen about the chocolate sunburst design since I'm not as much of a chocolate dessert person as I used to be. Or maybe it's that I like more minimal desserts? I would have been OK without the whipped cream, sprinkle, and chocolate design.
I also had a cappuccino, which came with a tiny biscotti. Again, good but not great, or maybe I was just too full to enjoy it. Sometimes when I am overly stuffed I don't even enjoy my favorite tea ever.

Overall, Il Posto Bistro was fine. I'd go back if we were in the area, but compared to what we pay/quality we get around here for this kind of meal, it was a bit disappointing. However, as cousin who lives in the area said, you have to adjust your expectations. We were not in a city or suburb of a city but in a pretty rural area.

Il Posto Bistro & Wine Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for visiting us at The Copper Oven. We truly appreciate your kind review! Thanks so much! - Mary Jane Challen (Owner/Chef)