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Italian wine-pairing dinner at Cornell's

Cornell’s Restaurant in Schenectady’s Little Italy neighborhood is inviting patrons to explore the food and wine of five culinary regions of Italy — from the north to south.

An Italian wine pairing dinner is being designed by Chef Armando Cioccke, who hasn’t released all the details yet, but here’s part of what we know:

The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 29, a day the restaurant isn’t usually open. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the first course with accompanying wine is to be served at 7 p.m.

Dishes served will represent regions up and down Italy, from the alpine north to the isle of Sicily, homeland of Chef Cioccke.

The menu is still in formulation but here are a couple of highlights: Tagliatelle Carbonara from the Po Basin of Emilia-Romagna and Peach Ricotta Pudding from Sicily.

Reservations are necessary and will be limited to the first 90 guests. The phone number is 518-370-3826. The cost is $65, plus tax and tip.

Taste of Colonie

It’s Restaurant Week in the town of Colonie.

From now through Sunday, Oct. 21, participating restaurants are offering a three-course dinner for $20.12, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.

For example, patrons of Portofino’s Ristorante, 831 New Loudon Road, Latham, will find an appetizer choice of House Salad, Tomato Bruschetta or Homemade Meatball, an entree choice of Stuffed Chicken Parmigiana, Pancetta Carbonara or Pasta Carbonara and a dessert choice of Homemade Gelato (mint chocolate chip or stracciatella), Mini Cupcake Trilogy from 4 & 20 Bakers or the daily selection from the restaurant’s satellite bakery.

At Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar, 579 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, the appetizer choices are the soup of the day, the Chef’s Pate served with cornichons and toasted French baguette or a small house salad with 12-year-old balsamic vinaigrette. Entree choices are Coq au Vin, Joues de Porc (pork cheeks braised in chablis with potatoes and carrots) and a Pumpkin-Parmesan Risotto. The desserts are Pumpkin Pie with Ginger Snap Crust and Warm Apple-Berry Crisp.

You can find all the participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week menus at, which is HERE.

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