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The 18 Wheeler Restaurant

240 Church St., Albany, 449-5008. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting, with specials at all meals. Breakfast is served any time and dinner includes steaks, chops and seafood. Off-premises catering, takeout available. Open 6 AM-10 PM, seven days a week (except Christmas). AE, D, MC, V. $

Alteri’s Restaurant

Route 9W, Glenmont, 436-0002. An extensive Italian-American menu with more than 100 veal, chicken, seafood and steak specialties to choose from. Full bar, off-premises catering, on-premises banquets up to 160. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 3-10 Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Amo La Bella New York

89 Beaver St., Albany, 434-3121. Specialties at this downtown dining room include saltimbocca à la Romana, seafood pasta à la Amo, shrimp with porcini mushrooms in a Genovese sauce, and Cippino-a combination of clams, scallops, shrimp and calamari on top of linguine. Full bar, banquets for up to 170 guests. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat. Open for all Pepsi Arena events, reservations accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$


95 Ferry St., Troy, 272-6100. Located in Little Italy, listen to strains of Sinatra and Italian opera while enjoying satisfying Mediterranean Italian cuisine at very affordable prices. Full bar, takeout available. Serving dinner 4:30-10 Wed-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$


See listing under “Vegetarian.”

Appian Way Restaurant

1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 393-8460. The Mantova sisters are back once more with their matchless, cooked-from-scratch fare. Fettuccini with portobello mushrooms, for example, redefines the texture of the dish because chef Gina dries the mushrooms first. Bread, pasta, even ice cream are all homemade, and the hospitality is wonderful. Serving dinner 5-closing Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$$

Aromi D’Italia

2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200. Fresh ingredients and quality products enhance the menu at this contemporary Italian café. In addition to world-famous gelato (which is made fresh each day on premises), diners can savor pasta entrées, gourmet pizzas, meal-sized salads, paninis (served on homemade focaccia bread), rich desserts, espresso and coffee drinks. Off-premises catering and takeout available. 11-9 Sun-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, beginning Memorial Day. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Augie’s Family Style Restaurant & Bar

183 Church Ave. (Route 50), Ballston Spa, 884-8600, Family-style Italian fare (every dish serves two or more) including fried calamari, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers, chicken, seafood, pan pizzas and more than 20 pasta dishes. Daily specials. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat; closed Tue. AE, MC, V. $$

Bambino’s Ristorante

154 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 34-PASTA (347-2782). Northern and Southern Italian family specialties including seafood fra diavlo, veal, chicken, fish, steak and pastas. Lunch menu also. Wednesday lunch buffet; Friday happy hour buffet. Full bar, on- and off-premises catering, takeout, delivery. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, 1-8 Sun. ATM/debit, D, MC, V. $$$

Bellini’s Italian Eatery

1365 New Scotland Ave, Slingerlands, 439-6022; 19 Clifton Country Road, Hannaford Plaza, Clifton Park, 348-2090. Tucked into a couple of suburban shopping plazas, these attractive Italian restaurants feature a mix of straightforward dishes and authentic Italian fare, from wood-fired pizzas and bruschetta to more complicated dishes like the pappardelle, sautéed chicken, roasted garlic sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus and artichoke hearts. Fresh-baked bread daily and rich desserts, too. Full bar, wine list. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Fri, noon-4 Sat; dinner 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

Bello Belsito

9 Frontage Road, Glenmont, 436-3480. Along with Italian classics like veal scallopini, chicken cacciatore, seafood fra diavalo and fettucine alfredo, Bello Belsito also offers American dishes such as rack of lamb, pork tenderloin and flat-iron steak. Homemade soups and desserts. Late-night pub menu available in Duke’s Bar. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176. Specializing in veal and seafood dishes, including zuppa di pesce, fettuccini al Cognac and veal Piccante. Full bar, small banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9 Mon-Wed, 5-10 Thu-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, MC, V. $$$

Brindisi’s Restaurant and Bar

390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262, Innovative 1930s New York City-theme continental fare, featuring steak, chicken, veal, fish and pasta. Served in a handsome setting with a picture window on Saratoga’s main street. Large parties accepted. The bar is friendly and desserts are a specialty. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Buca di Beppo

44 Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-2822. Family-style Italian fare in a chain restaurant that does it right. Order less than you think and bring a big party: Lots of food emerges and it’s all delicious, served in an infectiously merry atmosphere. Now featuring smaller portions. Full bar. Serving 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Caffe Italia

662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional preparations of pasta, shrimp, lobster and veal, including Veal Luciana—medallions of veal with prosciutto, tomato and mozzarella. Beer, liquor and wine. On-premises catering for small parties and off-premises catering for larger parties. Takeout available. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations appreciated. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$$

Caffe Pomo D’oro

6 Depot St., W. Stockbridge, Mass., (413) 232-4616. Cozy cafe in a converted train station featuring creative takes on standard breakfast fare and Italian-accented sandwiches, along with coffee, pastries, soups and luscious homemade desserts. Takeout available. Serving 8-3 Thu-Tue. Closed Wed. (Closed Mon-Wed January through May.) Cash only. $

Carmine’s Restaurant

818 Central Ave., Albany, 458-8688. A menu of continental and Italian cuisine with American flair, plus light selections and interesting pastas. Menu includes seafood, chicken and veal specialties. Favorite dishes include fried calamari, braised veal cheeks and penne regate. Homemade desserts. Full bar. On/off-premises catering, private parties welcome. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Fri; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4-8:30 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

Casa Mia Ristorante

385 Route 9W, Glenmont, 463-4331. Offering a variety of chicken, veal, beef, seafood and pasta dishes from both the Northern and Southern regions of Italy. Known for veal and seafood creations. Nightly specials. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving 4-9 Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$


183 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, 374-0581. Offering Italian, Greek and American cuisine with an emphasis on quality and value in a casual family atmosphere. Featuring fresh seafood, veal, chicken, steaks, pasta dishes, oversized salads, deli sandwiches, pizza, calzones and giant burgers. Children’s menu and smaller portions also available. Daily specials, offering a fine selection of beer, wine and spirits. Takeout available, off-premises catering. Reservations appreciated. Serving 11-9 Sun, 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Ciao Ristorante

34 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-7366. Northern and Southern Italian cuisine with continental specials such as braised lamb shanks with four-cheese potatoes and caramelized fennel. Wine and beer. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving lunch noon-3 Wed-Fri; dinner 4-9 Sun-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$


42 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 381-6165. Known for Italian ice, spumoni and tortoni, all made in-house; also Italian sandwiches, homemade bread and pizza, pastries, cookies, espresso and cappuccino. Takeout available (pizza is eat-in only). Dessert catering. Open 8:30-5:30 (lunch served 11-2) Tues-Sat; open till 9 PM after Memorial Day. Cash only. $

Cornell’s Restaurant

39 N. Jay St., Schenectady, 370-3825. The Northern and Southern Italian menu includes such favorites as braciola, calamari and homemade cavatelle. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, 4-9:30 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, MC, V. $$$

DeAngelo’s Ristorante

1510 Chrisler Ave., Schenectady, 393-1364. A family-style restaurant featuring fresh ingredients, huge portions, menu selections from spaghetti to lobster tails, and a friendly staff to top it off. Full bar. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 nightly. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

DeFazio’s Pizzeria

266 Fourth St., Troy, 271-1111. Twenty-one gourmet wood-fired pizzas, 21 pastas, antipasto and salads. Homemade Italian sauces available in DeFazio’s retail store next door. No alcohol. Off-premises catering available. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 3-10 Sat. Closed Sun. Cash or check only. $

Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse

1553 Central Ave., Albany, 456-5656. The Delmonico steak is a terrific deal, but the menu also features standard Italian fare at reasonable prices. Heavy sauces, lots of cheese—it’s all here. Full bar. Serving dinner 4-10:30 Mon-Thu, 4-11:30 Fri, 2-11:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

De Marco’s Italian Restaurant

1965 Central Ave., Albany, 456-7574. Savor the homemade Italian cuisine in this friendly, family-owned restaurant. Try the famous pizza. On/off premises catering. Serving dinner 4-10 Sun-Wed, 4-11 Thu-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Depietro’s Italiano’s Pizzeria

555 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-3607. Typical Italian favorites are found here, as well as unique specialty pizzas—including chicken-wing—plus dinners, jumbo wings, calzones and subs (the jawbreaker weighs in at two pounds). Home of the Jimmy Hoffa sub—so good it disappears. Off-premises catering, takeout available. Daily specials. 10-10 Mon-Thu, 10-11 Fri, 11-10 Sat, 2-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $


Star Plaza, Routes 155 and 20, Guilderland, 456-5774. An emphasis on fresh seafood and veal in a menu of American and international specialties, including osso buco and Tournedos Dorato. Pub fare, too. Full bar. On-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Fri, 5-11 Sat, 4:30-9 Sun. Reservations appreciated. AE, MC, V. $$$

D’Raymonds Restaurant and Lounge

269 Osborne Road, Loudonville, 459-6364. Italian with an American accent. Veal and homemade pasta are house specialties. Full bar. Takeout until 7 PM, catering available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:15 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Fri, 4-10 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

El Divino Restaurant & Lounge

1702 Chrisler Ave., Schenectady, 374-7711. Your hosts Frank and Lynn DeLorenzo welcome you. Large menu featuring chicken, veal, steak, seafood and pasta. Fresh-baked bread, soups and sauces made daily. Variety of appetizers, daily specials. Full bar, outdoor patio, takeout. Serving Tue-Sat 5-10, Sun-Mon for on and off premises catering. AE, MC, V, ATM. $$$

Eugenio’s Cafe Gelato

See listing under “Coffee Bars.”

Ferrari’s Ristorante

1254 Congress St., Schenectady, 382-8865. Authentic Italian cuisine with specialties including veal Pepe—veal napped in horseradish-cream sauce—and chicken Antonio with wine-and-mushroom sauce. Full bar. Banquets for up to 65 guests, off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat. Open on Sunday for private parties and banquets of 35 or more. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Fireside Pizzeria

1631 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, 382-1616. An Electric City mainstay for pizza, along with burgers, steaks, salads and traditional Italian-American dishes, to stay or go. Full bar. Delivery available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11:30 AM-1 AM Fri-Sat, 1-midnight Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $

Forno Toscano

541 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-2401. Rustic Italian menu featuring wood-fired, thin-crust pizza, homemade pasta, soups, salads and panini. Full bar, takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9:30 Mon-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$


68 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 584-5772, Classic Italian food and cozy bar in this historic building once frequented by Lucky Luciano, Lucille Ball, Walt Disney and Al Capone in Saratoga’s celebrated West Side neighborhood. Serving 4-10 Tue-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. AE, MC, V. $$

Inferno Restaurant & Pizzeria

496 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 459-2121; 222 Guilderland Road, Clifton Park, 383-8080; 79 Campbell Ave., Troy, 272-2121; 198 Lisha Kill Road, Colonie, 456-4111; Pizzeria in four locations, also featuring full menu of homemade entrees. Beer and wine; on-premises catering; takeout and delivery available. Reservations recommended. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Jimmy’s Lakeside Restaurant

2425 Main St., Lake Placid, 523-2353. Featuring a large selection of homemade pasta, veal, chicken and seafood dishes. Children’s menu available. Four lakeside dining rooms with splendid view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks. Full bar, on-premises catering, takeout. Serving lunch and dinner daily from 11 AM. AE, MC, V. $$$

John Riccitello’s

1687 Foster Ave., Schenectady, 374-1574. You’ll be part of the family as soon as you walk in. Good meals, good prices, good company. Try the veal parmigiana. Wed-Thu night specials. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Wed-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue (except for parties of 20-40, by reservation only). Reservations suggested. D, MC, V. $$


68 Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1973. This family-run restaurant brings you the best of Italy. Dinner menu changes seasonally, serving the best the season has to offer. Desserts are by Signora Lanci, whose specialty is tiramisu. Premium Italian-roasted coffee. Select Italian wines and beer. Takeout available. Private parties, wine and cooking classes. Serving dinner Wed-Sun starting at 5:30. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Limon Cello Ristorante

358 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-8700. An upscale Northern Italian trattoria in a romantic setting. Every meal is prepared fresh from authentic recipes. Desserts made on premises every morning. Extensive wine list. Reservations suggested. Serving 11:30-10 daily. $$$


121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. An Albany mainstay, with many different pasta dishes and a menu featuring 15 different veal dishes, among many other offerings. Nightly specials, too. Full bar. Banquet room available for up to 80, takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Maggie’s Café

1186 Western Ave., Albany, 437-1701. Capellini primo is a favorite dish on a menu featuring Italian cuisine. Daily dinner specials and homemade soups. Full bar. Small banquets, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4-8 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$


1562 New Scotland Ave. (Route 85), Slingerlands, 439-5555; Stuyvesant Plaza, 482-8000; Shoppers World Plaza (off Route 146), Clifton Park, 383-6666; www.mangia The pizzas come out of the wood-fired oven and include such exotic toppings as chicken pesto and barbecued chicken. All pastas are fresh. The menu also features innovative world cuisine. Beer and extensive wine list; full bar at the Stuyvesant Plaza location. Takeout available. Slingerlands: serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Stuyvesant Plaza: serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Clifton Park: serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, closed Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Mario’s Restaurant

Routes 20 and 22, New Lebanon, 794-9495. Chef-owned and family-operated since 1964, this personalized eatery is known for great food and service. Bread, pasta and desserts are all from scratch. A Berkshire classic. Full bar. On/off-premises catering. Serving dinner 4-9 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Tue. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Mario’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

2850 River Road, Niskayuna, 347-0002. The long Sicilian pizza is a trademark item; other pizzas, as well as traditional pasta dishes and inventive dinner specials, are on the menu. Serving 11-10 Tue-Fri, 4-10 Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Mercato’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777. Salmon alla Mercato is a favorite on a menu featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta and pizza. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Mercato’s II Pizzeria & Restaurant

1649 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack, 479-5050. Salmon alla Mercato is a favorite on a menu featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta and pizza. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Moscatiello’s Italian Restaurant

99 N. Greenbush Road (Route 4), Troy, 283-0809, This family operated restaurant boasts a variety of Italian fare. In addition to the traditional, the menu also includes gourmet specialties and salads, including chicken rustica, shrimp scampi, chicken marsala, New York strip steak, and the bruschetta appetizer. Full bar and wine list. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

My Way Café

Routes 9 and 67E, Malta, 899-4196. Italian cuisine with an American flair, including veal, beef, pork, and fresh fish dishes. Full bar, catering for private parties, and takeout available. Early bird and cocktail specials 4-6. Serving 4-close Tue-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. Price fixed menu, $16.95.

The New Madison Grille

331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. Pizza is a specialty—this neighborhood favorite has revived the famous 50-year-old pizza recipe from the former establishment. Also serving a high-quality but reasonably priced menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and other entrées. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Mon, 11:30-10 Tue, 11:30-11 Wed, 11:30-midnight Thu, 11:30-2 AM Fri, 5 PM-midnight Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $

The Olive Garden

178 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8676. An extensive, Americanized Italian menu includes lots of pastas, appetizers and salads. Full bar, complimentary wine sampling Friday and Saturday evenings. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$

Paolo Lombardi’s

104 W. Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-0202, Featuring fresh veal, seafood and specialty pastas, with large hot and cold antipasto. Full bar. Takeout available. Catering and shuttle service also provided. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$


284 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2423. This award-winning chef-owned and -operated restaurant has been in business for more than 80 years, serving Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specials include veal marsala and shrimp Genovese. Full bar, on-premises catering for parties up to 120. Full menu available for takeout. Serving 5-9 Wed-Thu, Sun; 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$


134 Duane Ave., Schenectady, 346-7324. The granddaddy of Italian eateries in the Electric City, celebrating more than 50 years of family ownership. American dishes are also featured on a menu known for its veal dishes. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Dinner 4-9 daily. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Prime Italian Steakhouse & Bar

15 Franklin St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2998, Italian steakhouse featuring steaks, seafood and Italian specialties such as calamari fritti and homemade gnocchi in red sauce. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended on weekends. Call for hours. MC, V. $$$$

Red Front Restaurant

71 Division St., Troy, 272-9241, 274-6114; fax 274-6836. Pizza, traditional Italian fare and prime-rib dinners are the specialties at this venerable Troy institution. Full bar. Catering for small parties. Banquet facilities. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Restaurant at the Italian-American Community Center

Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 456-0292. Now part of the Malozzi group, this eatery offers a large selection of veal dishes and other specialties. Children’s menu served. Full bar. Banquet facilities, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat; 3-8 Sun; lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Ristorante Marinara

612 Watervliet Shaker Road (Route 155), Latham, 786-8310. Wide variety of Italian favorites from chicken marsala to stuffed shrimp and more. Full bar. On-premises catering, takeout available. Fri-Sun 4:30-10, Tue-Thu 5-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Ristorante Paradiso

198 Central Ave., Albany, 462-5812. Authentic international cuisine, featuring pasta, beef, veal and seafood dishes. Full bar. Catering and banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-close Thu-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

1 Metro Park Road (off Wolf Road), Colonie, 446-9190. A full menu of Italian specialties is served in a convivial ambience, along with wood-fired-oven pizza. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Sam’s Italian-American Famous Restaurant

125 Southern Blvd. (Route 9W), Albany, 463-3433. Now celebrating its 35th year featuring Northern and Southern Italian specialties. Fresh veal, pasta and seafood. Children’s and senior citizen portions available. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-9 Tue-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

Scotti’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

1730 Union St., Schenectady, 393-7440. In the same spot since 1966, Scotti’s is famous for its marinara sauce. Some dishes to try: chicken white wine, primavera pizza, linguine calamari and hot antipasto. Beer and extensive wine list. On-premises catering and full menu available for takeout. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30, dinner 4:30-9:30 Tue-Sat. MC, V. $$

Sergio’s Italian Restaurant

707 Route 9, Ganesvoort, 583-8877. Family-style Italian dining, with an emphasis on Southern Italian fare. Each platter serves three or four, so you should bring lots of friends and family. Single portions now available. Full bar. Catering, takeout available. Serving Mon-Sat 4-10, Sun 1-9. AE, MC, V. $$$


124th Street and 4th Avenue, N. Troy, 235-0444. Family-run Italian restaurant with a family ambience, specializing in pasta dishes, veal, seafood and homemade meatballs. Home of Testo’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce. Beer and wine. Off-premises catering. Complete menu available for takeout. Serving 11:30-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. D, MC, V. $

Trattoria Il Vesuvio

242 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-4904. This down-home trattoria with a brick oven is where you’ll enjoy imported ingredients and a high-quality approach to authentic peasant food. Known for homemade ravioli and hearty meat dishes, all served in a converted Dutch barn. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Trattoria Rustica

76 McKay St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-1192. Cozy, rustic restaurant in downtown Pittsfield featuring traditional Neapolitan cuisine. Specialties include brick oven-roasted meats, wild game and fish, and of course, plenty of pasta dishes. Homemade bread from the brick oven. Italian desserts. Large wine selection, beer. Reservations recommended. Serving Wed-Mon 5-9; closed Tuesday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


572 2nd Ave., Troy, 235-8879. Selections include fresh veal, homemade pasta and seafood specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations not accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Villa Italia Pasticceria

226 Broadway, Schenectady, 355-1144. Now located in downtown Schenectady’s entertainment district, Villa Italia is known for fine wedding and special-occasion cakes and pastries; also breads, panini sandwiches, Italian coffees, imported liquors and 25 flavors of homemade gelato. Open 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-9 PM Sat, 8:30-6 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Villa Valenti

Route 150, West Sand Lake, 283-1291, The menu of traditional Italian fare offers homemade pastas, nature-quality veal (cut fresh daily), fresh seafood and a salad bar with more than 40 items. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Sat, 3-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Water’s Edge Lighthouse

2 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Scotia, 370-5300. Classic Italian dining with continental side notes; lots of seafood and steaks. Signature dishes include crumb-encrusted sea bass with lemon, fresh herbs and olive oil; and breaded veal cutlet layered with cheeses and topped with roasted red peppers and medallions of lobster. A light-fare menu is available as well. Full bar, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving light fare Mon-Fri 11-3, dinner Mon-Sat 5-10. Closed Sunday. AE, MC, V. $$$



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