I don't know that I would call it the "armpit of the world". I grew up and lived there (Rome/Utica) for my first 26 years so I am a bit biased. However, I got out as there wasn't much careerwise for me and had to seek my fortunes elsewhere. There is some pretty good food to be found in the area: Symeon's (Greek), Tom Cavallos (Italian), Hemstroughts and Florentine (bakeries), Voss' BBQ. Rome is definitely dealing with the loss of a LOT of really good restaurants (especially breakfast places). There used to be Liberty lane (formerly Candyland), The Suburban, The Home Bakery, Cinderella Bakery, DiBerdino's Bakery, Roman Pastry, The Scramble, the Hollywood, Marina's Ristorante and Fric-n-Frac's Flying Food Factory just to name a few. Now Rome has Denny's, Dunkin Donuts, Applebee's, KFC, Mickey D's, BK, Subway, Wendy's, et al.
I've had the riggies at Teddy's many times and have always loved them, though I prefer to make them at home. I've also eaten my share of Hector Boyardi's fare in college and it's like apples and oranges, man. No comparison. I've had great meals and some so-so meals at the Franklin. Sorry to hear about the veal experience.
CNY has a ways to go culinarily speaking, but a hole in the wall seems a bit dramatic. Just my two cents.
Originally posted by tommyb
Talk about a tempest in a teapot...I know utica is looking for some claim to fame other than just being the armpit of the world (an honor it has to share with rome, by the way...) This is pretty much rigatoni with sauce and chicken. Teddy's riggies are on a par with chef boyardee, and the last time I ate at the Franklin the veal tasted like roadkill possum, and yes I have had it. Take my advice:abandon upstate NY. Everyone else has, and if the cuisine is keeping you there, you have never eaten at a real restaurant. The tipoff is the question, "Do you want fries with that?" What a backwards hole in the wall
oh yes...i forgot...chezkatie or whatever....your recipe is for vodka riggies not chicken riggies...vodka riggies have shallots and wine..not chicken riggies! sorry (ive been eating these my whole life people and not to mention its my favorite dish)