My daughter and I were visiting Cornell, and a snowstorm prevented us from leaving Ithaca at the end of the day. The Heights Cafe and Grill was just a mile or so from our hotel. It was a bit difficult to find, but there are several signs en route which helped. It is located in a small shopping area with buildings that look more like houses than the normal strip mall. The heavy snow also made it challenging to find. When we arrived, we were greeted and seated right away. I am not sure if getting a table on Friday night is always easy, but it was in the midst of a snowstorm. There are two or three dining rooms, furnished nicely, and quite welcoming. The menu offers a number of appetizers, three wood fired pizzas, and a number of entrees. That evening there was also quite a list of specials. We were served a bread basket with pita wedges and homemade bread right away. it came with a garlicky hummus. My daughter doesn't usually like hummus, but she really enjoyed it. We began by sharing the crab cake appetizer. It was quite good and made with risotto and topped with a giant grilled shrimp. Salad comes with the entrees and the pizza, and was a good sized portion of baby greens with halved cherry tomatoes, blue cheese chunks, orange sections, and more with a mustard vinaigrette dressing. We shared a rustico pizza which was topped with marinated steak slices, red potatoes, kalamata olives, fresh rosemary, and more. We also had sautéed scallops over gnocchi with onions, sun dried tomatoes, etc. Everything was excellent, and all flavors were interesting, different, and delicious. The chef is from the Culinary Institute of America which might explain the inventiveness and high quality. There is a good selection of beer, wines, and cocktails, also (but we didn't have any). I am sure dessert would have been delicious, too, but we were too full. Service was excellent, attentive but not pushy. Although not inexpensive (about $60 for the two us before tip), it was well worth it for such a fine meal. I look forward to another visit,
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