Situated in the center of charming Lewiston, NY is a neighborhood restaurant that is doing exceptional things. Come armed with an appetite and hunger for excitement, because dining at Carmelo’s on Center St. is a culinary adventure.
Working with local farms to provide a true farm-to-table experience, Chef Carmelo Raimondi has crafted an exquisite menu that makes dining in this tavern a night patrons won’t soon forget.
For a starter, try to Yellow Fin Tune Crudo, with cucumber, juniper, gin, sesame seeds, citrus and lime oil. The tartness from the grapefruit pairs well with the raw fish and dill gracing the plate. For a main course, the Whole Roasted Wild Porgy with red pepper stew, sea urchin espuma and soft herb salad is light, yet packed with flavor. It’s an excellent choice for a summer meal. For dessert, do not miss Carmelo’s Chocolate Bar and be sure there’s someone to share it with. A deep, rich chocolate bar adorned with three burnt marshmallows is not complete on the palate until the fork soaks up the salted caramel sauce and espresso cardamom ice cream (made in-house). The toasted hazelnuts complete this perfect ending to a great meal.
Other delights on the current menu include a pasta bolognaise with horseradish mousse appetizers, paired with a glass of Riesling from Leonard Oakes in Medina, NY.
For a real treat, Carmelo has created a Butchers Supper shared dining experience for groups of six to eight. The dinner features a whole roasted pig from T-Meadow farm as the centerpiece of a three-course menu, served family style, with antipasto, sides and dessert. Reservations are available at 5:30 or 8:30 pm, and one week’s notice is required. The cost is $55 per person, excluding beverages, service and tax. Call 716-754-2311 for more information. First come first serve.
From the front of the house into the back of the kitchen, the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Carmelo’s is open 5 – 9:30 pm Monday – Thursday; and 5 – 10:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Find Carmelo’s online at www.carmelos-restaurant.com/index.html or on Facebook at Carmeloslewiston. Follow Carmelo Raimondi on Twitter @CarmeloRaimondi.