PHOTO COURTESY OF LABEL 7
By Ryan Arnold
Word of Label 7, located just outside Rochester, NY, has traveled among local circles and beyond since its opening in 2008. Self-described as a Napa-style restaurant, Label 7 applies California’s approach to simple, fresh, and healthy cuisine to the fare served at its canalside eatery.
Label 7 takes inspiration from the ingredients native to the thirty-eighth parallel, common to the culinary and grape-growing regions of Sicily, Napa, Virginia, and Athens, and combines them in a compelling manner.
As we looked for Fit as a Fiddle dishes this month, Label 7’s Magenta Greens came to mind. A combination of mixed greens, sweet and spicy pickled onion, chévre, toasted almonds, grapefruit, and pomegranate, this salad dish can be made heartier with the addition of a Faroe Island Salmon fillet or free range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken.
Label 7 sources an abundance of its ingredients locally, and because of this, the menu changes several times per year. The fresher food is, the more nutrient and vitamin rich it is, so a meal at Label 7 puts you ahead of the game, no matter what you order.
Stay tuned to The Cut this month to catch the rest of our Fit as a Fiddle series, featuring #healthyish dishes from independent, local restaurants across the country.