Originally Published: December 5, 2014 6 a.m.
Are we in New York? No, we are in Genovese's Italian Restaurant at 217 W. Gurley St., right here in Prescott. The atmosphere at Genovese's is right out of New York's "Little Italy" neighborhood, warm and comfortable with great Italian food.
The menu from this Sicilian-inspired family restaurant is huge. They list 28 different appetizers, as well as a build-your-own pasta section with six different pastas, nine different sauces and add-ons such as eggplant, shrimp, sausage, meatballs and many others. There are 10 Specialty Pizza choices along with many combinations. They do not offer a daily special but there are 21 House Specialties on the dinner menu. And these do not include a couple dozen chicken and veal entrees. You will find something good on this menu. There also is a children's menu, a gluten-free menu and several vegetarian selections. Let me not forget the Early Bird Specials with entrees from $8.95 to $11.95.
We started with the stuffed mushrooms and fried calamari. The large mushrooms were stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese and covered in a light marinara sauce. Superb. The calamari was perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with a side of red sauce, which I found a little bland. The appetizer portions were very large.
Entrees, ranging in price from $12.95 to $22.95, were served with a choice of soup or salad and garlic bread. We selected the chicken saltimbocca comprised of a boneless breast of chicken stuffed with Italian ham, garlic, mozzarella and parmigiana cheese dipped in a light batter with a mushroom and wine sauce. This is a traditional Italian dish and it was extraordinarily flavorful. Our other entrée was veal alba, which is veal pounded thin then cooked in a lemon wine sauce with artichokes, capers and fresh mushrooms. Again, delicious as the mushroom and artichoke flavors complement each other with the very tender veal cooked to perfection. The generous portions were served with pasta and a choice of sauce. The rich marinara sauce had great depth of flavor and was not over seasoned.
Not up for veal or chicken? There are a few selections featuring seafood, namely seafood diavolo with shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels in a spicy sauce, plus the classics of linguini with clam sauce or calamari or mussels. All with a choice of red, creamy or brothy sauce.
Being a traditional Italian restaurant the desserts are traditional as well. We tried the cannoli and tiramisu. Both were delicious and the cannoli was presented in an interesting three-pronged style. An espresso coffee was the perfect accompaniment. Of course, spumoni also is available.
Genovese's has a nice wine list with reasonable prices. Glasses range from $5.75 to $8 and full bottles from $22 to $39. You also can try a liter of their house wine for $15 or a glass for $5. A small, full bar with beer selections, including Peroni from Italy and soft drinks, coffee, tea and lemonade also are available.
A very nice, traditional Italian restaurant with something for everyone.