East Rochester, NY

I went to Lemoncello in East Rochester, NY

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Rochester, NY is not a big city but there are some little spots that stick with you forever.

My friends and I decided to celebrate International Women's Day at a local Italian restaurant on West Commercial Street in East Rochester, NY named Lemoncello and it was absolutely amazing.


The Atmosphere.

Walking into Lemoncello, I automatically felt very welcomed. It was a warm and comforting environment that had both a bar as well as sit down area both indoor and outdoor. The style of the Italian restaurant was inspired by authentic Italian countryside with exposed wooden beams and high ceiling all throughout, this place was the cutest.

Pizzas as Appetizers.

Although they had a great selection of appetizers such as arancini and prosciutto wraps, we went on a Monday night and took advantage of $11 pizzas. Yes- we had pizza as an appetizer followed by pasta for dinner. Our two pizza choices were:

  • Toro Pizza: Mozzarella, olive oil base, bacon, caramelized onions, feta cheese & balsamic reduction
  • Burrata Pizza: Burrata cheese, olive oil base, grape tomatoes, basil, arugula & balsamic reduction

My favorite of the two was the Toro Pizza. It was a little sweeter for my preference because it had both caramelized onions as well as balsamic, however it was very tasty. The Burrata Pizza also was sweet and tasty, but I would have loved a better taste of the Burrata cheese.

There were many other great pizza options on the menu, some of which included: mushroom pizza, chicken pesto pizza, Lemoncello pizza, and so on.


The Main Course.

The main course was what I was truly looking forward to the most. They had a great selection of pastas. An observation that I made was that their description of almost all pastas said homemade. I am really curious as to whether or not they really make the pasta themselves, if they do, that is really impressive because my linguine tasted lovely.

Common protein choices that I were an option for almost every entree were chicken, veal, and shrimp. There were also dishes that included rack of lamb, scallops, steak, and a fish feature that you would have to inquire about. On the day that we visited, swordfish was the fish feature that I was really tempted to try because I love swordfish but decided on something else instead.

All past entrees came with a complementary side salad or a soup for extra charge. I ended up getting a salad that consisted of mixed greens. The dressing of choice was their House Lemoncello that I highly recommend. I would describe it as a creamy lemon sauce that had a hint sweetness and definitely a strong accent of lemon, as expected. It made a statement on the salad for sure, and if I could buy that dressing from them, I would.

My main entree for the night that I chose was Chicken Lemoncello. The dish included cream lemon sauce over homemade linguine topped with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and olives, and spinach. Chicken substitutions were veal or shrimp.

The portion size was on the larger side and included two pieces of chicken. The creamy sauce made the dish for all that it was. It was perfectly creamy and you could taste the lemon without it being too overpowering. The sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and spinach gave extra hint of flavor and texture and I enjoyed very much. The pasta was cooked to perfection and I can honestly say I enjoyed the dish very much. I had leftovers the next day and it tasted just as good, if not better the day after.

I would love to go back to Lemoncello in East Rochester, NY try other dishes that caught my eye. I highly recommend you try this if you haven't yet! If you have, what are your thoughts?

*photos are from Lemoncello's Instagram account*

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