A brick oven imbues each of Luigi’s Restaurant’s pizzas with a distinct flavor and crispy crust. Chefs adorn these bubbling hot discs with 20 toppings that range from veggies such as jalapeños and mushrooms to meaty morsels of hamburger and pepperoni. They also handcraft their own spinach ravioli, meatballs, soups, lasagna, and abstract finger paintings. Servers deliver these lovingly prepared meals to tables, which populate an intimate dining room decorated with framed photographs.
At Raymo's Restaurant, Chef Marc Raymond unites his three passions: fine dining, music, and art. The former spotlights inventive New American dishes with international influences. The spicy meatballs are a perfect example of this creativity, as well as the slow-roasted pork topped with tomatillo sauce, roasted tomato salsa, and lime cream. His menu also incorporates decadent desserts, such as the baked chocolate pudding with vanilla-malt ice cream, and classic cocktails.
Chef Raymond's other two obsessions show up in the restaurant's decor and ambiance. The sleek dining room is awash with abstract art, track lighting, and hanging blown-glass lamps. And the soundtrack is as festive as the decor is refined; Raymo's' stage and dance floor come alive with musical genres that span everything from acoustic to jazz.
Built in 1891 as a railroad hotel on Battle Alley (so named for the drunken brawls common among wayfarers), the Holly Hotel's three-story Queen Anne-style building put up countless country-crossers in those turn-of-the-century boom years. It also saw a raid by Carrie Nation, two fires separated by 65 years to the hour, time served as a transient boarding house, and a monumental two-year renovation. The building's long, strange history has inspired countless legends and ghost stories—phantasmal cigar smoke from the inn's 1890s owner has been seen floating through the halls—but nowadays, the Holly Hotel is just as devoted to modern niceties as historic myth.
Three stories tall again, newly renamed, and sporting the warm, dark oak and Axminster carpeting of its wonder years, the Holly Hotel was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, the red-brick manse keeps its footing firm between past and future. The menu's signature dishes such as the beef wellington in veal-thyme reduction and the steamed Scottish salmon have gone unchanged since 1979, and every afternoon owner Chrissy hosts a Victorianesque tea party served on antique china. At the same time, the chefs employ an improvisational culinary method on the list of daily specials, rendered from fish, game, and other ingredients flown in fresh from across the world.
Beyond gourmet meals, the hotel also regales its guests with top-notch entertainment. Truth Be Told, a monthly storytelling even hosted by master raconteur Norm Stultz, invites everyday people onstage to recount tales on the night's theme, with a winner chosen by the audience. The onsite comedy club features locally and nationally known jesters on weekends, offsetting the Victorian gas fixtures, stained-glass windows, and velvet wingback chairs with a healthy dollop of modern mirth and a cyborg wait staff.
Edoardo Barbieri's love of cooking began during a time of war. As an Italian soldier in World War II, he was captured by Allied forces and imprisoned in a series of prisoner-of-war camps in the United States. The young soldier was assigned to the mess hall, and he quickly realized a knack for the culinary arts. When the war ended, he returned to northern Italy and married his fiancée, but it wasn't long before America began calling him back. Edoardo and his wife immigrated to the States, where he soon opened a number of acclaimed Italian restaurants. As his family and business both grew, his son and grandchildren eventually joined the cause, creating a restaurant chain run by three generations of the Barbieri family.
At Da Edoardo North, the flavors and aromas of northern Italian cuisine vie for attention with lakeside scenery visible through the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows. Executive chef Eddie Barbieri, who is also Eduardo's grandson, creates pastas and sauces from scratch with the family's time-honored recipes, pairing them with morsels of shrimp, veal, or pork chops seared to a tender finish. Individually sized pizzas bear the traditional toppings of prosciutto or Italian sausage, and the ample wine list proffers a selection of more than 100 varietals, many by the bottle. Diners can even bring a gourmet meal home with the restaurant's grab 'n' go option, which makes for a more convenient Italian meal than standing beneath a Sicilian construction crew at break time.
At Luca's Chophouse, the steak gurus in the kitchen weigh plates down with hefty 24-ounce porterhouses, 14-ounce new york strips, and 12-ounce rib-eyes. They slice only all-natural beef and use only all-natural singing voices to tenderize them. Creative plates, such as almond-encrusted blueberry scallops or pasta americana dressed in a Cajun tomato cream sauce, keep the menu varied and match the colorful, flower-filled vases dotting the eatery's tables. For a fully immersed experience, the chefs recommend diners pair their dishes with a wine from their extensive list.
Whether it’s the guests perched atop pillowed dining chairs, the streams of hot tea pouring from embellished kettles, or the frilly, flowered decor, Tyme Well Spent Tea Room brings visions of imaginary tea parties to life. Housed inside a traditional-style home complete with a wraparound front porch, the tearoom host guests for lunch as well as for afternoon tea. While spinach quiche, chicken salad, and salmon patties sate lunchtime appetites, tea service quiets smaller rumbles with complementary desserts, including scones with traditional Devonshire cream. Tyme Well Spent also packages its timeless charm within its gift shop. There, patrons can shop for items to make their own teatimes more authentic, browsing through more than 30 types of tea, vintage linens, china, and teacups.
Loch Lomond Golf Course, one of the finest public golf courses in Genesee County, is a beautiful Par 34 course enhanced by lush fairways, trees and bunkers. A GAM rated course which some consider to have the best driving range in the area with all grass tees, target signs and a practice chipping and green areas.