Sweet Frog?s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ?n? cream and sorbet, the lineup of 75 varieties includes original tart, island banana, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti?d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
At the East Longmeadow eatery, Nadim's Fish & Grill, Chef Nadim Kashouh combines seafood classics such as succulent pan-seared scallops with cauliflower and fresh grilled salmon with hearty grill fare such as New York strip steak or lamb simmered with tomatoes atop a demi-glazed sauce. The grill also serves up a selection of soups and salads along with three cheese fondue options such as Jeff's legal fondue that includes gruyere cheese, beer, garlic, and zesty lemon juice.
Tangerine-colored walls and colorful prints from the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, embody the spirit of the visual- and performing-arts celebrations for which Spoleto East Longmeadow—a member of the Spoleto Restaurant Group—is named. Yet, the inspiration doesn’t stop in South Carolina. Across the Atlantic, in Spoleto, Italy, the annual Festival of the Two Worlds showcases the Umbria region's dance, drama, cinema, and opera. The two yearly festivals in Charleston serve as the stateside mirror images of the Italian original. Spoleto restaurant owner Claudio Guerra has fond memories of taking part in these festivities with his mother as a child, and so christened his restaurants after them in homage.
Like the Northampton location before it, the East Longmeadow site offers a lively atmosphere and traditional Italian dishes such as stone-baked pizzas topped with cremini mushrooms and veal saltimbocca with fresh sage and marsala sauce. Diners can personalize their experiences by opting for the restaurant's multicourse meal option, or by carving their likenesses into meatballs before eating them.