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Vino and Wood Fired Pizzas from the Saratoga Winery


After hearing that the Saratoga Winery features live music and wood fired pizzas on Friday nights, I immediately looked at my calendar to find my next free Friday. Pizza, wine and music are a match made in heaven in my book. We got to the winery around 6:30 and started out with a tasting. IMG_1792.JPG
I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of NY state wines (Please don't hate me! I love NY but I'm not sure if wine is our strong suit.) I tried the Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon which were all good but I decided on a glass, then a bottle (or 2:) of the chardonnay since it was so warm out and the wine was oh so cold (yes, even though I don't LOVE NY wines, I am able to drink plenty of it. It's my super power). IMG_1793.JPG
We found a seat outside where we got to enjoy the live band playing on the Adirondack themed deck. It was time for some wood fired pizzas so we went up and ordered the Buffalo Chicken Pizza which had olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, hot sauce, blue cheese sauce and chicken. IMG_1798.JPG For our second choice, we opted for good old-fashioned Margarita pizza which had tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. IMG_1797.JPG
We only had to wait about 10 minutes till our personal sized wood fired pizzas were done. They looked great and we loved the fact that they cooked them in a traveling wood fired oven. Unfortunately, they were a little disappointing. Both of them were burnt which over powered the taste. Our friends pizzas were burnt too so we know it wasn't just a fluke thing. Maybe the oven happened to be too hot that day so I am definitely willing to give it another shot. As the pizza place was closing down, they brought us a free pizza which was very nice of them and probably much needed after some glasses of wine. So as an added bonus, we got to try the Devito which had tomato sauce, mozzarella and crumbled Italian sausage. We were very grateful for the free pizza and I have to say that sausage on anything is good. All in all we had a lot of fun!! The atmosphere was great, the music was totally enjoyable and it made for a great Friday night. We will be back for sure! IMG_1794.JPG

Rich and Tara Nimmo began making wine in Rich's uncle's winery in Western Pennsylvania. As their hobby grew, they starting taking annual trips to the Finger Lakes where they did a lot of wine tastings, took vineyard tours and explored the grape varieties the region had to offer. Those trips fueled their passion, and in October of 2009 their dream of owning a winery came true. Located just 4 miles outside of downtown Saratoga, the winery has a great Adirondack look which serves as a warm and inviting backdrop for tasting wines. They carefully select the finest grapes from the Finger Lakes region for all of their wines supporting New York state grape growers. The Saratoga Winery is a fun and relaxing place that would definitely be worth checking out. They are located at 462 Route 29 West Saratoga Springs, NY. Cheers!! To follow me on my culinary adventures, please visit and "like" me on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jennifer Savino

Hi and thanks for checking out my blog! I am passionate about food and small business, which has led me to start “Bitten.” Bitten is a blog about food and beverage start-ups in the Capital District. Features include talking with business owners to find out how they were bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, information for small business owners and honest food reviews of places around town.

Bitten came about after I closed my small start up gourmet cookie company Park 19 Cookies. I loved my business but knew that the endless hours of baking was not where my passion was. I know how difficult it can be to get exposure for a business and I remain passionate about food and travel. That is why Bitten is a great opportunity for food and beverage business’s to get exposure and tell the world their story about how they got started and why they love making others happy with their delightful treats. I also love food and will bring readers along on my culinary journey throughout the Capital District covering everything from the great, the bad and the ugly.

On the weekends, I love hiking in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, boating with friends, snowshoeing in the winters and playing with my two rescue dogs Lily and Stella. One thing I do every weekend is dine out at beloved restaurants or try the newest place in town. I was born and raised in Clifton Park, NY. Please visit for more about me.