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Geno's Grille Serves Up Roasted Sweet Potato Gnocchi

October 13, 2015

Chefs from Geno's Grille serve up roasted sweet potato gnocchi Saturday morning on WFSB.

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Geno Throws First Pitch at New York Mets

Celebrities First Pitches at 2015 MLB Games

September 2, 2015

Geno Auriemma, head basketball coach for UConn's women's basketball team, throws out the first pitch before the start of a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets on Sept. 1, 2015 at Citi Field.

Geno Takes On John McEnroe at CT Open Charity Match

McEnroe's Party On The Courts A Hit At Connecticut Open

By Paul Doyle

The Hartford Courant

August 29, 2015

Auriemma, who played tennis in college, was roped into the event after expressing an interest in attending the Friday night matches. He borrowed a racket from UConn director of tennis Glenn Marshall, who hit balls with him a few times this summer.

Of course, Auriemma left New Haven with one of McEnroe's rackets. When there was a delay to repair the net during his match with Courier on Stadium Court, McEnroe grabbed the microphone and auctioned off his racket. He wound up giving away two rackets for $3,500 each — one of the two bids came from Auriemma and his wife, Kathy — with proceeds going to the Smilow Cancer Hospital.

McEnroe joked that Auriemma needed the racket to improve his serve. Really, his serve wasn't bad for a guy who had not played competitive tennis in about 30 years. He taught tennis at UConn during his first four years at the school, but that was a lifetime ago.

… Auriemma had never met McEnroe, although he saw him play in Philadelphia in the late 1970s. In those days, Auriemma was playing a lot of tennis and was a fan of the sport.

He became a fan of McEnroe, but never had another opportunity to see him play in person. This was even better — staring across the net from him.

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Celebrity Pro-Am at Travelers Championship

Celebrities Hit The Course For Travelers Championship Pro-Am

June 2015

The Celebrity Pro-Am at the Travelers Championship got underway Wednesday morning at TPC River Highlands, with PGA Tour pros like Billy Horschel and Bubba Watson getting out on the course at 6:50 a.m...

Celebrity groups will tee off later in the day. UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma will begin play with Kevin Streelman, the 2014 winner of the Travelers Championship, at noon. Auriemma and Streelman will be playing with comedian George Lopez and recording artist Javier Colon. Following that group onto the course from the first tee will be Ernie Els, ESPN's Chris Berman, retired New England Patriots star Andre Tippett and Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Other celebrities on the course today include Ray Allen, "Today Show" host Matt Lauer and retired NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.

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New To Fidelia's Market

By Joseph Albano

Published on 11/2011

New to Fidelia’s Market, Mohegan Sun’s Food Court, is Geno’s Bagels, Subs and Sweets and Wok-on. Geno’s is an oasis of tantalizing confections [signature sandwiches, paninis, bagels, and Chinese food favorites!]...the inviting array seems endless. Danish pastries, chocolate and glazed crullers, muffins, turnovers - imagine them and they are among the selections.

The sandwich menu details Philly steak, meatball, sausage, even a hot pastrami Philly! Deli sandwiches include roast beef, turkey, chicken and tuna salad, and a 1/2 pound lobster salad roll. Paninis tout a roast beef reuben, a tuna melt and more. The bagel array includes egg, rye, wheat, blueberry, pumpernickel, onion, salt, cinnamon raisin, and everything "bagel."

Wok-On is Chinese fast food. Mouthwatering Asian soups include sweet crab and corn chowder, Asian chicken, spicy beef and an inviting list of others. BBQ chicken wings, egg rolls and dumplings grace some hot dishes while rice, noodles and an assortment of vegetables fill others. Naturally, General Tso's Chicken is popular along with sweet and sour pork and a slew of tasty stir-fry dishes. Fried rice topped with vegetables, an appealing pork lo-mein and BBQ ribs are among the items. Szechuan shrimp as well as orange ginger shrimp round out the gastronomic Asian treats.

Wok-On is a superb Chinese food outlet with a variety of popular meals for all palates.

Geno's Pub scores at Mohegan Sun


By Rick Koster

Published on 2/26/2009

One thing about restaurants and/or bars owned by Sports Dudes is that you can count on massive memorabilia overkill. Yet, to walk into Geno's Pub in the Mohegan Sun Casino - and "Geno" would be UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma - is much more like walking into the bar at a small, quirky, but very nice hotel.

There are a few tastefully framed photographs on one wall depicting exciting moments in the program's history, and that's about it, sporty-wise. Everything else is exposed brick and wood and cantilevered ceiling and a vaguely amoeba-shaped room. Nice bar, a few comfy tables ...

And here I was expecting to charge into the place and give Geno a few tips on how we ran the ol' shuffle offense back at Kimball High School in Dallas. It's a constantly shifting pattern of picks-and-rolls where all five players rotate through a system that results in a sliding, back-and-forth scheme between high and low post. Why, in fact -

Oh, wait, you want to know about food.

Well, Geno's got a pretty nice little restaurant going on. It's a very limited menu, but that's okay. The idea is to offer a break and comfort to gamblers and, as such, there are representative appetizers, sandwiches and burgers associated with pub food as well as a few fried seafood and high-end steak choices. There's also an extensive wine list, designer martinis, and a reasonable beer selection including a Red Hook-crafted Geno's Ale.

Openers include chili cheese fries, nachos and wings - and something called Onion Pave ($6.95), which is a large square bird's nest of buttermilk-marinated, deep-fried onion strings. Served with a curious but effectively addictive dipping sauce of orange, horseradish and Dijon, this can serve as a meal unto itself. But the onions are delicate, the batter perfectly crisped, and it's fun just to try to extricate one onion strand from another in the maze of goodness.

We passed on the rather standard sandwich selections and, from the fried seafood menu - yes, ours is a region inundated with fried seafood, too - I tried the half-pound fried shrimp basket ($15.95).

It comprises a huge heap of medium-to-large crustaceans and an even huger heap of French fries. It comes with small containers of forgettable cole slaw, dipping sauces and lemon. The cocktail sauce is tangy with a bit of a pleasant sting. The faux Remoulade is mostly mayo and improved by a dousing of Tabasco. There's nothing particularly great or particularly awful about Geno's fries. They're just okay. There are no bad french fries, after all.

The shrimp, though, are pretty great, and I'll tell you: Geno doesn't scrimp on the shrimp. There's a lot - this is a good deal. Not only that, but they've peeled the tails off for you so you can eat each individual savory in toto. Could the batter have used a bit of paprika? Of course it could have! But this is Connecticut, so...

Still, it's a delicate batter, deftly fried to provide textural crunch without overcooking or overpowering the shrimp.

There are three steak options in a casino full of often-great steak choices: a 16-ounce sirloin ($24.95), an eight-ounce tenderloin ($27.95), and a 20-ounce porterhouse ($29.95). I chose the tenderloin and was rewarded with a pie-slice-shaped piece of meat, cooked exactly as requested: medium rare. Dry-rubbed with adobo-happy spices, it was pretty excellent. It comes with fries, a piquant steak sauce, and a nice side of warmed tomatoes and artichoke.

There are four sides available for the vegetable-inclined among us, but My Wife opted, from a small pizza menu, to try the Four Cheese pie ($10.95) with mozzarella, Romano, parmesan, and gorgonzola and goat cheeses. (Isn't that five?) It was quite good. The crust was crispy thin, and there was a sufficient tomato sauce presence without overwhelming the cheese blend.

For dessert, we tried the Mountain Chocolate Cake ($6.25): Very thick and fudgy and chocolately. We weren't remotely hungry but couldn't stop eating it, which is a testament to its taste.

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