We'll start you off with panzanella, made with semolina bread, goat cheese, grilled onion, tomato and cucumber with roasted bell pepper vinaigrette. For your entree, grilled swordfish with Sardinian fregola, balsamic zucchini, roasted roma tomato and caper vinaigrette. And for dessert, lemon panna cotta served with red wine blackberry puree.
The price: 25 bucks.
Or for your appetizer, arancini, sweet Italian sausage, roasted red pepper and mozzarella stuffed Arborio rice balls and paired with pesto alfredo. For your dinner, mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted red pepper and basil stuffed chicken breast, accompanied by marsala wine chicken demi-glace, chef’s potato and vegetable. And to round it off, cioccolato bread pudding accompanied by espresso sauce and whipped cream.
The price: 25 bucks.
Starting to get the idea?
Those are just two of the meals you could be enjoying if you partake in Schenectady Restaurant Week, hosted by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. and the Chamber of Schenectady County, an affiliate of the Capital Region Chamber.
This week, Monday through Sunday (Feb. 22-28), two dozen Schenectady restaurants will be offering special three-course meals for the price of $25.
The discount dining is being presented as a way to show off the dining experiences visitors can have in downtown Schenectady.
And once you're downtown, maybe you'll take in a movie or get tickets to a show at Proctors or poke your head in the many downtown shops or stop for an after-dinner drink at one of the city's many bars and taverns.
Up for Italian? No problem. Savoring a thick steak and a craft beer? You've got options. The participating restaurants cover a full range of fare, from Italian to Mexican to Thai to Japanese to traditional American.
Schenectady has a lot to offer visitors, and by hosting this event, the chambers and the downtown improvement corporation hope it will whet your appetite to spend more time exploring the city and all it has to offer.
Restaurant Week is a great gift that the Schenectady hospitality industry is sharing with residents and visitors alike. We hope you'll find time to get downtown this week and take advantage of it.
For a list of participating restaurants and links to their special Restaurant Week dinner options, visit capitalregionchamber.com/restaurantweek.