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.

Niagara
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.

Share a Beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch with Mom

Mossimo_87Mother’s Day is this weekend on Sunday May 10th, and if you’re looking to treat your mom to a delicious and unforgettable Fallsview meal, The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Mother’s Day Brunch is the perfect place to do so. The Mother’s Day brunch menu features remarkable culinary creations like stuffed French toast, dark chocolate rubbed lamb and fig stufato, and sweet and savoury breads and pastries. The brunch will also feature a number of food stations where guests can indulge in fresh waffles, eggs, frittatas, slow roasted porchetta, carved prime rib, and a selection of delicious desserts.

The beautiful dining room setting on the tenth floor of the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview will offer a spectacular view while you eat, while the parklands surrounding Niagara Falls offer the perfect setting for an after-lunch stroll.

Embark on Exciting New Culinary Experiences with Chef Massimo Capra

2013-11-08 21.51.20-1A brand new line-up of exciting culinary events is coming to Niagara Falls as part of Falls Avenue Resort’s 2015/2016 Niagara Culinary Experiences Series. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra will be hosting special culinary tours of Piedmont, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Toscana with Chef Massimo Capra, showcasing the remarkable food and wine for which each of these Italian regions is known.

The 2016/2016 Niagara Culinary Experiences Series also features two brand new events at Niagara Brewing Company– Niagara’s newest craft beer experience, and two dinners at Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar. Dinner experiences can be paired with first-rate Fallsview accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview and Sheraton on the Falls, allowing guests to experience a well-rounded and relaxing Niagara Falls getaway.

For more information on each event and to book your ticket, visit www.fallsavenueresort.com/culinary.

The Best Bakeries in Niagara Falls

image0011-300x242A good bakery is one of the surest proofs a town is civilized, whether that bakery specializes in donuts, croissants, or Portuguese Sweet Bread. When it comes to finding a good bakery in Niagara Falls, visitors and locals have a healthy handful of excellent options from which to choose — a reality that suggests Niagara is even more civilized than previously thought. From Italian bread to gourmet cakes, here are some of the best bakeries in Niagara Falls to check out while enjoying a vacation here.

1. Criveller Cakes

Known as the Chocolate Craft Store, Criveller Cakes makes some of the finest pastries, cakes, and chocolates in all of Ontario. When it opened in 1979, it was known primarily as a wedding cake spot, and while that’s still true today, their wedding offerings have greatly expanded. Liquor-filled chocolates, icewine truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and many other confectionary wonders routinely come out of this excellent bakery’s kitchen. As a humble visitor just off the street, you’ll find plenty of handmade treats to enjoy, including: cookies, truffles, scores of pastries, gourmet mini cakes, and much, much more.

2. Portage Bakery

Rumored to be the busiest bakery in Niagara Falls, Portage Bakery is much more than a place to get bread — although it does that remarkably well. Fresh, perfect loaves and delectable pastries are on hand for purchase, and they’re shipped as far away as Ohio and Pennsylvania. Portage also boasts an excellent deli with plenty of cheeses and house-made ready-to-eat meals that include pastas, meatballs, and house subs. Family-owned and operated by the Barone’s since 1934, Portage Bakery is a must for anyone spending some time in Niagara.

3. Moodie’s Bakery

image003Cakes, cookies, breads, chocolates, and pastries are all delicious and readily available at Moodie’s, another family-owned and operated bakery that’s been in business since 2008. Noted for their fern tarts and meat pies, the bakery is located down on Queen Street, and it opens each morning (except Sunday when they’re closed) at 8:30 a.m. Try them for lunch, too. They have hot, fresh pizza slices available starting each day at 11 a.m.

4. Thorowest Bakery

Thorowest Bakery is an Italian bakery family-owned and operated — like so many of the local businesses in Niagara Falls. Utilizing Old World-style baking techniques, the bakery makes exceptional paninis, rolls, breads, and a number of traditional Italian desserts and pastries. They also have a deli and a hot lunch menu that includes such fare as lasagna and veal parmesan. They’re open seven days a week at 8 a.m.

5. Pure Cake Design

A true event-specific cake bakery, Pure Cake Design is the brainchild of Mark Gerbrandt, a pastry chef who specializes in gourmet and artisan cakes. From classic wedding cakes to unique and one-of-a-kind three-dimensional cakes, whether you’re in the Niagara area to celebrate a birthday, job promotion, engagement, or anniversary, if you need a cake specific to your celebration, try Pure Cake Design.

Let yourself eat cake. Book a stay in Niagara Falls, and whether you hope to dine on cannoli or baguettes, rest assured that all your dreams of delectable baked goods can come true.

Experience Niagara’s Best Restaurants with New Niagaralicious Series

niagaralicious-2Falls Avenue Resort has launched the brand new Niagaralicious culinary series, offering guests an incredible opportunity to experience Fallsview dining at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Windows by Jamie Kennedy, and Fallsview Buffet Restaurant, and high-energy themed dining at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls. Dining experiences can be paired with world-class accommodations at the Sheraton on the Falls or Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview, making for a truly unique and exciting Niagara Falls getaway.

At The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra guests can indulge in a specially crafted Niagaralicious menu featuring delicious Italian cuisine that showcases the very best local ingredients. This menu, combined with sweeping dining room views of the Falls and first-rate hotel accommodations, is sure to make for an unforgettable and special Niagara Falls experience.

Discovering All About Umbria

rrblog.jpegUmbria is Italy’s fourth smallest region and home to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Massimo Capra will be celebrating the amazing wine and cuisine that have emerged from this region on Friday, March 6th with A Tour of Umbria Dinner, as part of the Niagara Culinary Experiences Series.

Bordered by Tuscany, Umbria has a rich history of tradition and culture that dates back as far as 1000 BC. With vines growing all over the region, it has established itself as a producer of fine wines, such as those made by the Arnaldo-Caprai Winery. The region is also known for its delicious cuisine that features olive oil made from the region’s many olive trees, lentils, black and white truffles, and Prosciutto di Norcia.

Umbria is a small region, but its impact on cuisine and culture is worth a celebration. On March 6th, come and find out what makes the “green heart of Italy” so remarkable.