Monday, April 11, 2011
Bon Voyage Utica/Rome
Pictured above are some Hinderwadel Salt Potatoes. I have spoken about salt tatties before, and they are interesting in their own right, but why was I interested in this particular group of spuds? Because I found these in a gas station in Verona, NY (just outside of Rome, NY). This is what I like about the greater Utica/Rome area (from where I have recently returned from a 3 week stay), they have some really good food and they are damn proud of it.
Need some escarole for to make some Utica Greens (my recipe is unforgivably inauthentic) ? Any good deli worth its salt will have a big ol' box of escarole in the cold case (this is Mazzaferro's in Rome).
You have pusties (more on these later), Utica Club, greens, salt tatties, and any number of other local delicacies shoved (with charm) in your face at every opportunity. This is aside from the unusually good American style Italian food to be had around every corner. Strangely enough, the lust for Italian food seems to even have seeped into some unexpected places.
This place had Kung Pao pizza, no joke. Regretfully, I didn't have a chance to try it.
Anyhow, I consider Utica/Rome to be one of my ever growing number of homes away from home. I find the area to be a shining oasis in the somewhat bleak expanses of the formerly thriving and bustling canal zone.