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Greens Georgio, a favorite dish at Georgio's
Village Cafe in New Hartford, is just one version of the popular dish
that is found on restaurant menus throughout the area.
Guy Fieri the host of “Guy's Big Bite” and two other shows, dedicated an episode
that aired Sunday called “Blondes Have More Fun” to Utica-inspired
cuisine, including Utica greens.
Fieri, who appeared at The Turning Stone
recently as September, called the popular dish “Turning greens from
Utica, NY,” said former local resident Mike Falvo, who turned on the
show Sunday morning to see an unexpected reminder of home.
“I saw him putting the greens in the pan, and he mentioned the
ingredients, and they sounded really familiar,” said Falvo, who now
lives in San Angelo, Texas. “I said, 'I think he's making greens.”
The dish - made with fresh chopped escarole, hot cherry peppers,
fresh prosciutto, grated cheese and a mix of oregano, bread crumbs and
cheese - has a cozy spot on the menus of many local restaurants,
including Georgio's Village Café, Dominique's Chesterfield Restaurant,
Delmonico's Italian Steak House and Joey's Restaurant.
Fieri, who competed on and won season two of “The Next Food Network
Star” in 2006, served the greens to fellow Food Network chef Anne Burrell, who is originally from Cazenovia.
“He talked about the food in the area and how he loved the food in
Utica,” said Falvo, who frequently makes Utica dishes, such as greens
and chicken riggies, to share with Texas friends. “It made me hungry,
and it made me miss home a little bit.”