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The Utica/Rome area has a notable food heritage, due in large part to the waves of Italian immigrants who settled in the area in the late 19th century. Teddy's, 851 Black River Blvd., Rome (tel. 315/336-7839), is a good place to try regional specialty riggies (rigatoni with sweet peppers, olives, onions, mushrooms, and hot cherry peppers), while the Florentine Pastry Shop, 667 Bleecker St., Utica (tel. 315/724-8032), serves up mouthwatering pastries and pusties (custard-filled tarts).

Another Utica mainstay is Dominique's Chesterfield, 1713 Bleecker St. (tel. 315/732-9356), famous for traditional Italian-American cooking, and offering a decent wine list. Also consider Ancora, 261 Genesee St., Utica (tel. 315/724-4815), for tapas-style plates.

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