Exposed brick cuts away to views of seaside murals in the dining room at Giovanni's Ristorante, setting the mood for rustic Italian recipes that draw heavily from ocean waters. In the kitchen, chefs roll housemade gnocchi dumplings and top housemade linguine with frutti di mare, a mélange of shrimp, scallops, and clams sautéed in madeira wine. Wines from around the world complement other classic entrees, such as veal scaloppine and chicken marsala. Patrons can imagine sea breezes in the Mediterranean-inspired dining room, dine alfresco to the sounds of a bubbling koi pond on a seasonal terrace, or call meetings in a private room with WiFi, a projector, and audio piped in through tubes of rigatoni.
Nestled among the relaxing, scenic Finger Lakes and Canandaigua Wine Trail, Brown Hound Bistro and its imaginative chefs cull flavorful ingredients from the tasty bounty of local sources. Park your stomach vessel in the intimate interior of the bistro's enchanting, century-old dining domicile, or take in panoramic views of the countryside from its spacious patio as you rub your eyeballs along the dinner menu. Various edibles tantalize the tongue in the tapas plate, including warm goat cheese, homemade hummus, and kalamata-artichoke tapenade ($9). The bistro duck adorns its succulent maple-leaf skin-on duck breast with a balsamic orange-blossom-honey pan sauce ($19 petite, $23 full), and The Incredible Wellington flouts modesty by stuffing its kingly beef filet and royal blue-cheese-and-mushroom duxelle inside a golden puff pastry ($23 petite, $28 full).
With lunch and dinner menus teeming with traditional German fare, Rheinblick (meaning Rhein view) offers unparalleled vistas of hearty cuisine dished out directly onto diners' plates. Authentic appetizers such as kartoffelpuffer, or potato pancakes, cheerily greet the palate and prepare Deutsch diners for more established entrees ($5.99). Sauerbraten, a beef roast marinated in sweet and sour raspberry sauce ($17.49), and the bratwurst platter, a veritable smorgasbord of sausages ($15.49), are served with house salad and are also available on the restaurant's extensive gluten-free menu. Finishing mouthfuls of rich cheesecake or decadent black forest cake deftly swaddle sweet teeth, tastily preventing them from gossiping about the tongue’s licking habit. Of-age guests may sip on a symphony of german suds and wines until they begin to spout all the German phrases remembered from their grade-school French class.
The Under Ground Café, christened after its subterranean location within the Place at Victor Village building, crafts a toothsome menu of sandwiches, salads, and freshly brewed coffee drinks. Sleepy eyes pop open and agree to release hostage brains after a sip of a bottomless cup of steaming Finger Lakes coffee ($1.45+), a bite of a fragrant block of baked cinnamon french toast ($3.50), or a sampling of a host of all-day breakfast bites. Beds of romaine and pillowy dinner rolls form a dais for the Under Ground salad ($6.50), a textural riot of dried cranberries, blue-cheese crumbles, and sugared walnuts, tucked in with a kiss of raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. Nip into a local legend with The Place panini ($7.50), a crisply ironed stack of grilled chicken and bacon, oozing with provolone and honey mustard, or stop irate sweet teeth from seceding with a rotating array of pastries and cookies ($1.50–$2).
Ryan MacNamara spent his childhood summers on the south New Jersey shore, where he grew to love the philadelphia cheesesteaks he and his family picked up from local delis. The restaurateur adored the sandwiches so much that he opened a shrine to the cheesy treat: Mac’s Philly Steaks. One of his biggest obstacles was finding an authentic roll on which to serve his cheesesteaks; in the end, he decided to import Amoroso’s rolls directly from Philadelphia. To dovetail with the City of Brotherly Love–inspired food, the decor at the Geneva location features red-and-white-checkered flooring, mural depicting urban splendor, and Rocky beating the bread to the right level of softness.
The eatery's menu catalogs classic chicken and steak phillys as well as a few versions with a twist, such as the bacon-blue and chicken finger parmesan. Metromix praised the sandwiches for their soft bread and ideal ratio of toppings, a “generous but manageable” portion.
Voted the Best Public Golf Course in Ontario County by the Daily Messenger, the course at Bristol Harbour finds itself among esteemed company as an entry in the oeuvre of well-known course designer Robert Trent Jones. The front nine's position on Canandaigua Lake lends it picturesque views, but with waterfront real estate comes treachery in the form of fierce winds and the possibility of distractions from a passing ghost ship. The course tenor changes considerably as players cross over to the back nine, where they must contend with the frequent changes in elevation brought by the Bristol hills and avoid the dense forest that lines the fairways.