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Recently reviewed restaurants:

Sam’s Italian and American Restaurant, 125 Southern Blvd., Albany, 463-3433. www.go-sams.com. Traditional Italian fare served in a welcoming place that has thrived here for 35 years. Make sure to try the clams alla Sam’s. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Tue-Thu 4:30-9 Fri-Sat 4:30-10. AE, MC, V.

Lake Ridge, 35 Burlington Ave., Round Lake, 899-6000. Chef-owner Scott Ringwood serves a menu of elegant continental fare with original twists; his pecan-crusted pork is a deserving signature dish. Serving lunch Tue-Sat 11:30-2:30, dinner Tue-Sat 4:30-8:45, Sun 3-8. AE, MC, V.

Chico’s BBQ & Restaurant, 2490 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-0940. Real slow-cooked, tenderly smoked ribs and brisket and turkey and lots more in an inexpensive, friendly restaurant with a big, convincing smoker out back. Serving daily 11-10. MC. V.

Wunderbar and Bistro, 744 Warren St., Hudson, 828-0555. Owner Imre Vilaghy’s Austrian background inspires the pork Wiener schnitzel, pot roast, braised beef Wunderbar and other such classics; pasta and seafood dishes are available as well. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. AE, MC, V.

Yono’s, Hampton Inn and Suites, 25 Chapel St., Albany, 436-7747. Albany’s finest fine- dining establishment presents Yono’s classic combo of Indonesian—the rijsttafel is a killer—and excellent continental cooking. There’s also DP’s, a lighter-fare bistro. Serving dinner Mon-Sat from 5:30. AE, MC, D, V.

carmen’s Café, 198 1st St., Troy, 272-3011. Traditional diner fare, but made from scratch and with additional Cuban items—like the Cuban eggs over rice and beans, and the multi-layered sandwich Cubano. Serving breakfast and lunch Tue-Sat 6-3, Sun 7-4. Cash only.

Pinto & Hobbs Tavern, 32 Dove St., Albany, 426-4900. Pub fare of sandwiches and salads, and a dinnertime menu of eclectic, internationally inspired entrées define the food at this comfortable neighborhood tavern. Serving lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-10, dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. Sunday brunch 11:30-3:30. AE, D, MC, V.

Bambino’s Ristorante, 154 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 347-2782. Classic family-Italian fare brought to you by ace restaurateur Michelle Geloso and chef Joe Pisano, with outsized portions at bargain prices. The steak pizzaiola is a charbroiled wonder. Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 11-10, Sat 4-10, Sun 1-8. D, MC, V.

Shalimar, Shopper’s World Plaza, 15 Park Ave., Clifton Park, 348-1494. The same great food as at the Albany location, but in a strip mall with plenty of parking. Tandoor dishes, the usual array of meat and fish, and plenty for vegetarians. Serving a buffet lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2, Sat noon-3; dinner Mon-Thu 11:30-10, Fri 11:30-11, Sat noon-11. AE, D, MC, V.


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