Pasta Lovers, Rejoice!

pasta 2Pasta is a main staple of Italian cuisine and the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a number of classic and delicious pasta dishes that showcase Massimo Capra’s artistic culinary vision and pair well with red and white wines produced throughout the Niagara Region. Here is a look at some of the pasta dishes you can find on the Rainbow Room’s dinner menu:


Linguine originated in the Italian region of Liguria and is a form of pasta that means “little tongues” in Italian. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a Linguine Carbonara, which features smoked chicken, bacon and zucchini ribbons tossed in a Chardonnay cream sauce with egg.


Cannelloni is cylindrical pasta that is baked and filled with stuffings like ricotta cheese, beef, or spinach. It means “large reeds” in Italian and is generally covered by a sauce. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a gluten-free and vegetarian Truffled Sweet Potato Cannelloni that features Ontario goat cheese, Yukon Gold “pasta”, red quinoa and black lentil soffritto.


pasta 1Fettuccine is Italian for “little ribbons” and is a type of pasta that is popular in Tuscan and Roman cuisine. The menu at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a classic Fettuccine Bolognese dish that pairs well with a merlot and features a delicious sauce made with veal, beef, and sausage.


Gnocchi is a type of pasta that consists of soft doughy dumplings that vary in ingredients and texture based on the region in which they are made. The word “gnocchi” is thought to be derived from the Italian word “nocchio” which means “knot in wood” or from the word “nocca” which means “knuckle”. The Rainbow Room offers a vegetarian interpretation of this classic dish with Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi featuring roasted cauliflower, pecorino, and Upper Canada ricotta cheese.

A Culinary Tour of Piedmont to Now Feature Special Guest from Pio Cesare Winery

purple-grapes-553462_640The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is very excited to welcome Augusto Boffa, family member of Cesare Pio of Pio Cesare Winery in Piedmont, Italy, to the Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra dinner event on November 13th in Niagara Falls.

The Pio Cesare Winery was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio, one of the very first wine producers to realize the amazing wine-growing potential of Piedmont, which is now home to the prestigious Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera wines. Piedmont is one of the most famous Italian wine regions and Pio Cesare Winery has been producing traditional Piedmontese wines in its ancient cellars for five generations.

Pio Cesare wines are intentionally produced in limited quantities in order to maintain a high degree of quality and they continue to be considered among some of the world’s finest. They will be specially featured at the Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra dinner event paired with delicious Italian cuisine, taking you from a spectacular Fallsview dining room in Niagara Falls to the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Piedmont with just one sip.

Take a Culinary Tour with Massimo Capra for a True Taste of Italy

Massimo Capra_39 This year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences series kicks off on October 16th with an Oktoberfest celebration at Niagara Brewing Company and continues into 2016 with a number of spectacular dinner events with Chefs Massimo Capra and Jamie Kennedy.

Chef Massimo Capra will take guests on culinary journeys throughout Italy with remarkable dinner events focused on the Piedmont, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Toscana regions of the country. Experience the best of Piedmont’s slow-food movement, distinct and popular wines from Abruzzo, the incredible ingredient-driven cuisine of Sicily, or the remarkable simplicity of Tuscan dishes.

Each of these regions offers culinary treasures and amazing wines that will give you a true taste of Italy right here in Niagara Falls and Chef Massimo Capra will pay homage to them all with one-of-a-kind evenings in the Rainbow Room’s remarkable Fallsview dining room.

For the Love of Coffee

foodiesfeed.com_Gunel-Farhadli-3Coffee lovers rejoice! The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra celebrates one of the world’s most beloved and popular beverages with a number of delicious caffeinated options like an Espresso Crème Brulee featuring white chocolate and espresso-scented budino, and chocolate-coated espresso beans.

And if you’re also in need of a caffeinated night cap, the Espresso Correcto is a perfect choice. It’s a classic espresso “corrected” by the addition of your choice of Grappa, Amaretto, Frangelico, or Sambuca.

So for anyone looking to enjoy a unique and delicious caffeinated dessert or just a hot cup of coffee in view of the spectacular Niagara Falls, don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.

Bolognese is Best

RR_Bolognese_HorizontalBologna is a beautiful and historic city in Northern Italy that’s home to remarkable architecture, world-class art, and impressive cultural institutions. It’s also the place where the famous and delicious Bolognese sauce originated.

The original Bolognese sauce recipe dates back to the mid nineteenth century and is attributed to a man named Pellegrino Artusi who wrote a cookbook called “The Science of Cooking and the Art of Fine Dining”. Artusi’s original recipe consisted of veal filet, pancetta, butter, onion, and carrot cooked with broth, but the recipe has evolved to include different variations of meat and vegetables throughout the years.

Fettuccine Bolognese is one of the signature dishes at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and features a delicious combination of veal, beef, and sausage. The suggested wine pairing is the 13th Street 2012 Merlot, which is a rich vintage red wine with hints of red cherry and black plums. Stop by the Rainbow Room today to taste this traditional Italian recipe and discover why it has become a favourite dish for food-lovers all around the world.

Spotlight on Dessert & Ice Wine

wine glassThe Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has an extensive wine list that features a wide variety of award-winning sparkling, rosé, white, and red wines from throughout the Niagara Region. But if you’re looking for some sweeter sips this summer then make sure to try the amazing dessert and ice wine offerings.

The restaurant’s wine list features the Southbrook Framboise, which is an Ontario fruit wine that is perfectly refreshing for summer. This award-winning wine from Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake showcases a fresh and delicious raspberry flavour and a touch of raisin and mint. It is sweet and refreshing, and is a delicious wine to enjoy chilled on a hot summer day.

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s wine list also features the Jackson Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine, which is a delicious VQA wine that features fresh tropical notes of papaya, mango, and apricot. It’s a a rich and fruity ice wine that definitely does justice to Niagara’s famous liquid gold tradition.

Reserve a table at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra today and experience these two amazing wines along with all of the other sweet sips that the extensive wine list has to offer.

3 Unique Ways to Taste Niagara this Summer

Niagara Brewing Company

Brewery Opening_22Experience craft beer like never before at the brand new Niagara Brewing Company – Niagara’s newest craft brewery located in the heart of the city’s tourist district on Clifton Hill. The brewery offers a variety of refreshing craft beers that are produced and canned in-house using locally sourced ingredients from the Niagara Region and a delicious Niagara-inspired tasting menu that offers a taste of the region like nowhere else.

Niagara Brewing Company is a part of the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort and while visiting guests can also visit Casino Niagara, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Hard Rock Café, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, and many more exciting destinations.

Bicycle Wine Tours

grapes on vineTravel through Niagara’s wine region on a bicycle winery tour that takes you along beautiful trails and allows you to stop and visit some of the region’s best wineries. Enjoy award-winning wine, delicious picnic lunches, and see breathtaking scenery and sights all from the seat of your bicycle.

And for another amazing winery experience, Falls Avenue Resort offers a Winery Experiences Package that includes a guided tour and tasting at four of Niagara’s award-winning wineries and includes transportation.

The 24th Annual Peach Festival

Celebrate the local peach harvest season on August 8th in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the 24th Annual Peach Festival. Niagara is known for its fresh local peaches and this lively festival will pay tribute to the delicious fuzzy fruit and the people who grow them.

The festival will take place on Queen Street from 10am-5pm and will feature live entertainment, street performers, fresh peaches for sale, a sidewalk sale featuring local merchants, and tons of delicious peach creations from local bakeries and restaurants.

The Rainbow Room Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence

Mossimo_7The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has been awarded TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence for consistently positive reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. The Rainbow Room offers authentic Italian dining with delicious menu items like Fettuccine Bolognese, Truffled Sweet Potato Cannelloni, Half Chicken “Alla Diavola” and Forest Mushroom Fig Risotto, all of which can be paired with award-winning wines from top local and international wineries.

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra team is honoured to be recognized by TripAdvisor as a result of positive guest reviews and will continue to strive for quality, consistency, and amazing flavour in each Fallsview dining experience.

Discover the Pleasures of Piedmont

Falls Avenue Resort has announced a new line-up of spectacular culinary experiences in Niagara Falls, including a Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra on Nov. 13, 2015. If you’re planning on embarking on this delicious culinary journey, here are three things to know about the amazing Italian region of Piedmont:

14210672489_318b5079f0_b1. After Sicily, Piedmont is the second largest Italian region. It sits in the northwestern corner of Italy and borders both France and Switzerland. Piedmont is surrounded by the breathtaking Alps and has a very unique and beautiful landscape full of spectacular valleys, mountains, rivers, and lakes.

2. The region cultivates more than 50 varieties of grapes and produces the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Because the region is located in the foothills of the Alps, fog from the mountains helps to ripen the region’s Nebbiolo grape.

3. Piedmont is known as the capital of the slow food movement and continues to preserve the tradition of hand-made, artisanal cuisine. It cultivates delicious white truffles each fall and is also known for introducing the world to delicious Agnolotti and Corzetti pasta.

5 Refreshing Custom Cocktails for Summer

drink2Sitting down with a refreshing cocktail is one of the best ways to cool off after a day spent in the summer sun. After taking in all of the beautiful sights of Niagara Falls, a stop at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is the perfect way to relax and unwind with amazing food and drinks in a Fallsview setting. Here is a list of five of the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s most refreshing and popular cocktails, which are perfect for summer sipping:

The Capra
Created in honour of Massimo, this blend of vodka, dry vermouth, juniper and mandarin juice is refreshing and unique.

Marilyn Monroe
In honour of perhaps the Rainbow Room’s most famous guest we have added her signature drink to the menu. We think this cocktail of sparkling wine, Calvados and a dash of our house made grenadine would have made the famous blonde very happy.

Our magnificent view requires a cocktail of equal proportion. We combine vodka, Cointreau, lemon and just a touch of ginger beer to bring the Falls to life.

Slowly I Turned
This drink is named for the punch line of Abbott and Costello’s iconic “Niagara Falls” sketch. The drink is in honour of Chef Massimo Capra’s father who introduced him to fresh grapefruit sprinkled with brown sugar (his favourite breakfast) and Abbott and Costello. This mix of vodka, Cointreau, fresh grapefruit, brown sugar and grapefruit bitters is refreshing and delicious.

Aperol Spritz
The most popular summer cocktail in Italy combines Aperol, sparkling wine and soda, and is an excellent summer refresher.