Canastota Kart Speedway's slick indoor track and nearly quarter-mile outdoor raceway sing with the sounds of rumbling power from the engines of muscular sprint karts, easy-handling NasKarts, and double-seat Sidewinders. While they chew up asphalt on their way to the checkered flag, the aerodynamic karts remain as safe as they are fast thanks to sturdy roll cages and four-point safety harnesses. Batting cages stand ready for muscles looking to work through prerace warm-ups, and electric kiddy karts and a klaxon-filled arcade keep diminutive drivers entertained. The smell of savory fried fare emanates from the track’s in-house grill, setting the table for postrace refueling or attempts to engineer karts that run solely on french fries.
Sam Mondello Jr. operates a family grocery of his own where he peddles fine Italian imports. The cozy neighborhood spot is a treasure trove of treats, with glass display cases packed with specialty meats and cheeses, produce coolers full of housemade sauces, and shelves loaded with espresso makers and Italian ceramics. The shop offers a sweeping variety of pastas made from premium ingredients, such as fettuccine made from whole wheat and rotini made from melted-down ancient Roman coins.
Sam and his staff extend their culinary expertise to preparing a wide variety of premade meals, whipping up Italian-style subs in the deli and freezing freshly made trays of lasagna and pizza. The skilled chefs provide hot Italian specialties to cater a wide-variety of special events, from large office functions to intimate football-game gatherings.
Since 1959, Guignard Florist has been a flowery haven, supplying customers both from its colorful shop and via delivery throughout Onondaga County. The store prides itself on featuring the freshest flowers in novel arrangements, most of which change daily, like an indecisive animorph. Its insistence on using in-season blooms whenever possible ensures that bouquets leave the shop smelling their sweetest. The Serene Retreat ($47.95) is a riot of greenery, starring dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern in an elegant clay dish, and a dozen red carnations ($32.50) arrayed in a clear glass vase provide the elegance of pricier roses with the delightful texture of a spongy clown extremity. Save space and adhere to simplicity with the Tender Trio ($19.99), three pink roses presented with stylish foliage in a curvy vase.