Over the next few weeks, each Rochester Mall will be sitting down with one of their restaurant managers or owners to get the inside scoop on their menus, favorites and what makes their dining experience special.
The first segment is with Benucci’s Italian Restaurant, located in the State Street Wing at The Mall at Greece Ridge, where we sat down with Elizabeth, one of the two Restaurant Managers.
We will warn you, if you keep reading this, you’re going to get hungry.
Name: Elizabeth Lincoln, Restaurant Manager (the other Restaurant Manager is Christine Button)
How long have you been with Benucci’s? I’ve been with Benucci’s since March 2014.
What’s the favorite appetizer on the menu? If we are talking customers’, definitely the calamari fritta, but mine is the mozzarella fritta. Its fresh mozzarella, not from a block and the balsamic glaze gives it the right kick!
Favorite drink ordered? This one is a toss-up between Blue Sapphire and Pomegranate Martini.
Do you have seasonal dishes that are a big hit? We don’t necessarily have seasonal dishes, but do a lot of specials including the recent Chicken Rollette (chicken stuffed with artichokes, roasted red peppers and feta) and the Steak Sirloin we served for Mother’s Day was a big hit – it had a fantastic BBQ demi-glaze that people really enjoyed.
Busiest day of the week? Surprisingly, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Favorite dessert? Mine is the Chocolate Flourless Torte, but customers are all over the board because all of our desserts are house made.
What are the details for the upcoming party room? The party room will hold up to 80 people, it includes a bar set-up, LCD projector/screen and is perfect for pharmaceutical meetings, rehearsal dinners, baby showers and even Superbowl parties! It’s slated to open mid to late July.
What makes this location different from the Pittsford one? This location can accommodate larger parties, which seem to be very popular up to this point. There are three sections that can seat up to 16 people. Also, the bar is a little bigger.
What’s the one thing you want customers to know about your restaurant or take away from their dining experience? Remember that Benucci’s is a locally owned business. Although it’s really well put together and may seem like a franchise or corporate restaurant, it’s still a small, locally owned business that focuses on excellent customer service. We really like becoming part of the community and thoroughly enjoy our regulars!