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Downtown Dining Weeks is Back in 2018

sign at peppinos pizza shop that reads, you took a pizza my heart

Dining Weeks have started up again, and places like Modern Malt and Peppino’s are stepping up their game. (c) Adelman 2018.

By Emily Adelman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Syracuse Winterfest is back in action. Along with trivia, the Post-Standard Scavenger Hunt and fireworks, there is one event that everyone can relate to.

Dining Weeks in downtown Syracuse is back for its 14th season. It runs from Feb. 15-28. As many as 40 different restaurants in Armory Square and surrounding areas are serving a three-course lunch and dinner menu for $25 or less.

“It helps the businesses for sure,” Modern Malt Executive Chef Anthony Donofrio said. “February is always a good time for businesses because of Dining Week.”

This is Donofrio’s third round in Dining Weeks. This time, he said he is more focused on trying new things in the kitchen and seeing what sticks.

“I use it [Dining Week] as a way to experiment a few new dishes for the new menu. That’s my goal with the Dining Weeks menu this year, what I want to test out on people.”

Right down the street from Modern Malt is Peppino’s, which is also participating in Dining Weeks for both lunch and dinner. Kevin Ross, the director of operations for Peppino’s, is excited about the opportunity to interact with so many customers.

“This year, we have a year under our belts and everybody knows about us now. We have reservations throughout both weeks’ and if it’s any indication of how Valentine’s Day was, we expect to be a very busy two weeks here.”

Just how busy is the question. Anywhere from 40,000-50,000 people are expected for Dining Weeks. A full list of the participating restaurants can be found here.

“This is our first year doing dinner, so I am excited to see how our menus turn out and what gets chosen,” Ross said.

Peppino’s is offering its customers both the Dining Weeks menu, as well as their original menu, in which they have added new appetizers.

Whether a fan of fun breakfast food or romantic Italian food, one thing is for sure: Dining Weeks is back, and the possibilities are endless.