Michael T’s Restaurant
Michael T’s Restaurant has been serving home cooked Italian food for 30 years and is still going strong. The restaurant has an open feel with windows lining the dining room. It gives it such a warm and bright feeling while you are there. With all the warm colors and décor it makes you feel like you are in Tuscany. Whether you want to sit down for dinner or have a drink at the bar Michael T’s has something for everyone to enjoy. They also offer a banquet room with a large variety of items to choose from for your next party. One of my favorite things I noticed was how they support local with advertising on their menu – a nice touch. Michael T’s is located at 8390 Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford. They are open 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. And, don’t forget they offer delivery through munchiemen.com.
Now let’s get to what you are here for … the food!
We always have to start out with an appetizer to wet our appetite. On this occasion we sampled their Toasted Ravioli’s and Risotto Bites. Both were fried perfectly accompanied by their marinara sauce and their homemade champagne sauce. This gives it just the right touch. The Toasted Ravioli’s were filled with a creamy blend of ricotta and spices. Once you take a bite make sure you have a napkin handy. Nothing I really can say about the Risotto Bites expect for heavenly. They are stuffed with melted cheeses and rice that are served with cheesy/creamy champagne dipping sauce. I never had anything like it before … delicious! They are hard to put down … they are that good. But, make sure you save room for dinner!
The first dish that we sampled was the C. Pendrak Special – a trio of amaziness. It’s almost like a taste of Italy on one plate – Stuffed shells, manicotti and ravioli with mozzarella that is covered with their homemade sauce. We added the meatballs to go along it. You can’t go to an Italian restaurant and not try their meatballs and they didn’t disappoint us. The portions were enough for two people to share. You know their sauce isn’t jarred by just one bite – a lot of time went into to get the right flavors. And, the ravioli’s well let’s just say they were like “pillows” of a cheesy goodness.
Next, we went onto sample their Chicken Francaise. A perfect blend of lemon with a sherry, wine and butter sauce. The egg battered chicken is lightly pan fried with a generous portion of sauce. The sauce has the right amount of lemon to go along with it. It’s so good you will want to bottle it up and bring it home. There are several choices of a side to go along with your dinner. We choose the rice pilaf which was the perfect companion for this dish. A light and fluffy rice that will soak up all that yummy sauce.
All the meals come with a salad and bread. Which we strongly recommend trying the White French Dressing. We have never seen or heard of it before and had to try it. It was so delicious that we wished they sold it by the bottle. The bread came out warm and was nice and soft in the inside.
Michael T’s also offers a variety items that are gluten free. Stop by and check them out. You will definitely enjoy yourselves. For more information, call 724-4882 or visit www.michaeltsrest.com
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