‘Tender, Juicy & Sizzling’
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Imagine planning a dinner party with your friends.
It should be pretty simple no? What if one of your friends in attendance was a chef? One who cooks the most succulent steaks in the Niagara Region. Would that change things for you? Would beads of sweat begin to pour down your forehead? “People are intimidated when I come over for dinner,” laughs Andy DiPietro, Head Chef at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Niagara Falls, ON. “I enjoy fine dining and I learn from that, but when I come home I am very simple. Give me a hungry man dinner.” Not a single friend or family member was surprised when DiPietro enrolled in Culinary Apprenticeship Program at Niagara College. “I’ve loved food ever since I was a young kid making my first tomato sauce,” says DiPietro. “It’s in my blood. My mother is a phenomenal cook and I wanted to replicate her skill and passion for food.”
The Ruth’s Chris chain originated in New Orleans when single mother, Ruth Fertel, followed her instincts and re-mortgaged her house to fund the purchase of Chris Steak House in 1965. With hard work and determination, Ruth’s Chris Steak House became a household name, expanding and growing to include over 80 locations worldwide.
General Manager, Zoli Palinko has had the honour of traveling to eight different Ruth’s Chris locations across North America. “If Ruth Fertel was still alive today I think she would be proud of our Niagara Falls location,” says Palinko. “By far, ours is the most elegant. Here, in the tourist area, we are not just open to people in fancy suits, we are open to everyone.”
“Our restaurant is broken down into different sections to accommodate all types of customers,” explains DiPietro. “Our dining hall is split into two sections. The smaller area has tables and the larger area of the restaurant is perfect for parties or functions,” says DiPietro. “We have enough space that we don’t need to mix the families with the bachelorette parties.”
Enjoy an intimate dinner listening to the music and hearing the sizzle of the steaks as the tantalizing food passes by your private booth. “At Ruth’s original restaurant there was only one curtained booth for intimate dinners. With upcoming renovations we will have over 50 curtained booths,” states Sous Chef, Adir Ozer.
The Steakhouse: Where is it?
Located in the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, just a short walk to the Horseshoe Falls, Ruth’s Chris Restaurant is not just a restaurant, it is a place designed to cater to a variety of special events. Their new lounge is perfect for receptions, celebrations, or corporate events. “We are also expanding the dining hall and adding a second line in the kitchen,” says DiPietro. “We can host a variety events from eight to 300 people while maintaining the high standards of Ruth’s Chris.”
Their motto, “Tender, Juicy, and Sizzling” accurately describes the steak: cooked to temperature and seasoned perfectly. “Our steaks are impeccable. They are the highest quality and served on a 550-degree plate. That sizzle makes a big difference,” explains DiPietro.
With ingredients made from scratch and purchased locally when in season, the restaurant focuses on providing customers with the ultimate dining experience. The well balanced flavours in the Spicy Shrimp appetizer and the crab cakes made from 98% crab with zero filler are a testament to the high standards of the restaurant.
“Every plate has to be flawless. Our expectations in the kitchen are always very high,” says DiPietro. “150% satisfaction for our customers.”
“Perfection, hospitality, and atmosphere, are our priorities here at Ruth’s Chris,” states Palinko.
Along with a variety of local and imported wine and beer, the bar and lounge is stocked with all the necessities for Ruth’s favourite cocktails. Sip a Vintage Manhattan or a Moscow Mule while listening to new age jazz music in the lounge and you will feel like you’re on Bourbon or Canal Street in New Orleans.
“I am very proud of working at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, but what really makes it is the people I work with. I have never experienced a team that is so close,” explains DiPietro. “I can call up the chef in Orlando and chat about the menu. We are one big happy Ruth’s Chris family.”
“Ruth herself has an incredible story, I am very proud to be a part of her legacy. She was very hospitable. We make every effort to emulate her standards,” says DiPietro. “Our product is worth every penny. You have to come down and try it,” concludes DiPietro. For more information visit ruthschrisniagara.com.