Friday, October 3, 2014

Today's trip in the Capital Region foodie revolving door

HIRING

• Looking for a restaurant/banquet house job? The Century House is hiring. The facility is offering full- and part-time positions for its fall/winter season for banquet waitstaff, kitchen prep, a la carte chef, banquet chef and dishwashers, as well as part-time-only banquet bartenders, a la carte buspersons and a la carte lunch waitstaff. If you're interested in any of those positions, indicate which position when you e-mail your resume or drop it off at The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road (Route 9). Phone: 785-0931.

OPENING

• The Capital Region has its first meatball bar. Or, "meetball," as its creators prefer to spell it. It's part of the new Three Vines Bistro that opened Wednesday in Congress Plaza, Saratoga Springs. The owners of the new Italian restaurant are brothers-in-law Joe Krason, Alex Nikola and Serafino Zaccone. Their main menu is served only during dinner hours. It offers such expected dishes as wood-fired pizzas (Margherita, meat lover, sausage and pepper, Calabrese, white pizza, meatball pizza, etc., all offered in traditional, whole wheat or gluten-free forms), mostly priced at $12; a half-dozen meat entrees, several pastas, numerous appetizers and salads, and a 10-item dessert list. However, the new wrinkle is the imaginative 10-variety "meetball bar," offering $3 sliders, four-meatball dishes at $9, and four-meatballs with pasta for $14. In addition to traditional meatballs (ground beef, tomato sauce), also offered are Buffalo Chicken (scallions, blue cheese, amber ale, Frank's Red Hot Sauce); Philly Cheese (peppers, onions, mushrooms, cheddar cheese), Lobster (Maine lobster claw meat, cod and risotto), Vegetarian (seasonal vegetables, risotto), Lamb (ground lamb, tzatziki sauce), Veal (with peppers and mushrooms. tomato sauce), Sausage and Broccoli di Rabe (sweet Italian sausage and the veggie), Fra Diavolo (ground chicken, spicy Italian peppers, marinara sauce) and Meetball of the Day. Hours: 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 306-5881.

ADDING

• What more can they do with a pizza? The Papa John's chain is testing the boundaries on meat-centric pies with an LTO (limited time offering) called the Ultimate Meats Pizza. Through Sunday, October 26, customers will be offered a five-meat creation consisting of pepperoni, salami, sausage, Canadian bacon and hickory smoked bacon, along with the usual PJ hand-tossed crust and all-natural pizza sauce. Suggested retail price: $12. The chain also is offering an eight-slice chocolate chip cookie.

SAVING

• The weekly free tasting of New York State wines at The Wine Seller this Friday will feature selections from Brotherhood, the nation's oldest continually operating winery that celebrates its 175th anniversary next week, from 5 to 7 p.m. As always, purchases of tasted wines will receive a 25% discount; all other wines will be discounted 10% during the tasting. The Wine Seller is part of the Harmony House Marketplace, located at  184-190 Remsen Street, Cohoes. Phone: 238-2233.

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