Is there an echo in here???
October 19th through October 25th, 2015 was restaurant week in Colonie - fixe prix three-course menus for just $20.15. The Chamber of Commerce did a nice job of listing the 20 participating restaurants and their menus; most were ramping up to offer diners something new at bargain prices, so this was a good time to try something new, and speaking of new, Innovo, which had just opened on October 2nd, was on the list.
|Innovo Kitchen is at front of a new strip mall where there used to be a bowling alley|
|The dining room is attractive but kind of noisy. The room with the windows is available for private parties.|
|The bar was well staffed and the staff were all very friendly|
|Sometimes you just NEED a Cosmo|
|The flatbread was not housemade, but the white bean dip was.|
|The 5 Onion Soup with a simple slice of warm homemade semolina bread|
|Two little duck meatballs are overwhelmed by the sauces.|
|The kale salad was perfect|
By now the restaurant had gotten very busy, with just a few empty tables. We ordered the wine special, Insurrection ($32), an Australian CabSav-Shiraz blend that we quite enjoyed - fruity and spicy.
Our entrees arrived and we settled into sharing bites. Puppy ordered the Steak, Potatoes and Vegetables, a grilled tri-tip with pan charred brussels, carrots, onion and green beans, with a cup of hot hot hot thick cut cubed potatoes. The meat was perfectly cooked and beefy (it might have been tough if cooked much longer), with a side sauce reminiscent of A-1, and it was a generous portion to boot. Stretch had the Salmon, served with white cheddar grits and stewed tomatoes topped with charred leeks. Very nice, especially the grits - these were rich and OMG creamy. The fish had a nice crust and tasted fresh and clean. Taking a bite of a bit of everything all at once I thought that the flavors came together beautifully, but the leeks alone were a little too burnt, even for the likes of a fire goddess. I decided on the Pan Fried Pork Chop "Saltimbocca", with sage and country ham, served with mashed, spinach and red eye gravy. It was OK, not very attractive, pretty darn salty, and the spinach was bitter (kids can hate spinach and this is an example of why). But we all enjoyed the meal and took leftovers back with us, and the chop was still good on the reheat.
|The salmon and grits. I just wanted a big ol' bowl of them grits. OMG.|
|Not a lovely presentation - mashed with spinach topped with the chork pop and gravy. Good, not great. Salty!!!|
|This was a lovely plate - a generous serving of veg, meat and potatoes.|
|The cookies were awesome|
|French press decaf was a nice touch, alongside the Canoli Chips.|
Zena, Goddess of Fire
PS: Unlike Yelpers who want to be "firsts", I prefer to wait a while to let a new place get in their groove, but these guys all seem to be doing just fine already. Bravo!