Originally published on August 7, 2013.
Dining in a restaurant housed within a grocery store — a store featuring an animatronic crowing rooster — is an odd sensation. In the span of a few minutes, you can move from dodging grocery carts in the parking lot, to walking by cupcakes decorated to resemble Cookie Monster and Elmo, to being asked if you have a reservation by a well-appointed hostess.
Built to evoke an Italian villa, Amore, the Italian restaurant and wine bar housed within the recently renovated East Avenue Wegmans, is replete with stone work, blonde wood, roughhewn beams, weathered-looking metal, and crystal-accented lights. It feels less like an actual villa and more like a facsimile found in Epcot Center’s World Showcase. Sections of the restaurant look out onto the store’s Market Cafe, where crowds of people enjoy the lo mein, subs, pizza, and sushi prepared in-store.