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Eat Drink Local Week, Day 10: Eat Local at Carmelo’s!

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm

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.

Local farms Carmelo’s works with includes, Falcon Farm, Flavor Farm, Native Offerings, Painted Meadow Farm, Singer Farm Naturals, Tom Tower’s Farm, T-Meadow Farm, Weiss Farms, and Winter Farms.

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 or on Facebook at Carmeloslewiston. Follow Carmelo Raimondi on Twitter @CarmeloRaimondi.


Lewiston Up For National “Best For Food” Title

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Lewiston is currently in 2nd place on the USAToday/Rand McNally list of “Best for Food” small towns in America. They stand behind last year’s runner-up, Burnsville Minnesota.

A combination of three things determines the winner- votes, reviews and judges. The towns that garner the most votes and “quality reviews” will host visiting judges in June/July. The judges consist of a two-person road rally team that will cross the country and evaluate each town’s culinary fare. Last year, Lafayette, Louisiana, won the title and judges spent 40 hours there, visiting over 10 local restaurants.

Please put together a couple of sentences (more if you’d like) about why Lewiston is a food lover’s paradise. Feel free to mention your favorite restaurants. You can also upload pictures too. Where do you love to eat in Lewiston? Carmelo’s? DiCamillo’s? You can also encourage others to join in and vote too- it’s a community and regional effort!

How To Vote::

1) Click here:

2) Click the green button, Review and Vote.

3) Put in your information to register to vote. (If you don’t want email updates, uncheck that box.)

4) You will be taken back to the Lewiston page automatically after you register. Once there, click on the Review and Vote button, and type in your statement why you think Lewiston is deserving of the Best For Food for Small Towns in America.

5) Select “Best For Food” in the box below and click the green Review and Vote button again, and you’re done. You may get a box pop-up that asks you if you want to share your review on a social network like Facebook. You can choose one, or just click the “X” and make the box disappear.

We’ll keep you posted on the results- keep voting!