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NORTHERN ITALIAN

Café Capriccio

49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439, cafecapriccio.com. Metroland’s Best Restaurant 2007 has been serving gourmet regional Italian cuisine for 25 years. New menu features gnocchi Sorrento, free-range chicken grilled under brick, braised beef Piedmontese, and the usual favorites including calamari neri, ravioli della sera and eggplant with four cheeses. Serving 5:30-10 Mon-Thu, 5:30-11 Fri-Sat, 5:30-9 Sun. Reservations strongly suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Café Lucia

80 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2640. Enjoy the cuisine of chef-owner Jim Lucie, who takes loving care with his ingredients to turn out variations on Italian and continental favorites. Full bar and award-winning wine list. Private parties. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30 Tue-Sat; closed Sun-Mon. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Cella Bistro

2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 381-2080. Enjoy tapas at the bar and full meals in the dining room. Creative menu includes spring rolls with artichoke hearts and goat cheese, homemade pappardelle in a Bolognese sauce, and classic bistro-style steak frites. Full bar. Serving dinner 5-9 Tue-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

Chianti il Ristorante

208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0025, chiantiristorante.com. Start with antipasto del Chianti and discover how delectable such simple ingredients can be. Innovative Northern Italian fare (with a good presence of garlic) including osso buco and fresh seafood, served in a rustic Italian dining room. Full bar. No reservations. Serving 5:30-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

Elda’s

203-207 Lark St., Albany, 449-3532, eldasonlark.com. In a handsome dining room looking out on Lark and State streets, enjoy classic Italian dishes including veal, seafood, chicken, beef and pasta. Fresh pasta and bread made on premises. Gourmet desserts. Full bar. Catering and takeout available. Delivery available for orders for 10 or more people. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-11 Mon-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Lo Porto Ristorante

85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546. Martin Scorsese’s favorite Capital Region restaurant is still going strong, serving Italian specialties with a Sicilian flavor. Full bar. Off-premises catering (465-7313, loportocatering.com). Space available for private parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday. Reservations strongly suggested for dinner. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Luisa’s Italian Bistro

Exit 17, Route 9, Saratoga Road, S. Glens Falls, 745-5055, luisasitalian bistro.com. Serving Northern Italian dishes from the restaurateur’s home in the Emilia-Romagna region of Bologna, the restaurant specializes in veal, chicken, seafood and pasta in an intimate setting. Updated menu includes extensive appetizers, light bar menu and more, with dinner specialties daily. Takeout available. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Serving 4:30-9 Sun-Thu; 4:30-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Mallozzi’s

1930 Curry Road, Schenectady, 355-0340, mallozzis.com. A banquet house offering custom-designed menus for special occasions. Serving a Wednesday night Grand Italian Buffet offering myriad Italian specialty dishes and chef’s specials in an elegant setting. Full bar, banquet facilities. Now offering off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

Mangino’s

Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-5599, manginos.com. Serving Northern and traditional Italian specialties for more than 50 years at the same location at the south end of Saratoga Lake. Specials include lobster, shrimp, veal, certified angus steak, prime rib and fresh seafood. Serving 4-10 Tue-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Closed Monday. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Mezza Notte

2026 Western Ave., Guilderland, 689-4433, mezzanottealbany.com. Serving classic Italian dishes with a modern flair. House specialties include their signature osso buco, and fettucine arragosta (lobster) in a vanilla cream sauce; for appetizers, try the vension carpaccio or patate (homemade potato chips) con gorgonzola. Most desserts are house-made. Full bar, extensive wine list. Serving 5-9:30 Mon-Wed, 5-10:30 Thu-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$$

Milano

Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334, uniquecatering.com. Northern Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled meats and seafood. Selection of gourmet foods and baked goods for takeout. Full bar, off-premises catering by Unique Catering. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 5-10 daily. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Nicole’s Italia

20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242, nicolesitalia.com. Southern and Northern Italian specialties served in an intimate atmosphere. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch buffet 11:30-1:30 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-9 Sun-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Nicole’s Restaurant

556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952, nicolesrestaurant.com. The menu offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties in an intimate dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Private luncheons by reservation any day. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sun. Reservations suggested for dinner. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Pagliacci’s Ristorante

44 S. Pearl St., Albany, 465-1001. An unassuming restaurant across the street from the Times Union Center. Here you will find fine dining that reflects Northern Italian culinary traditions, with daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities and a rooftop patio. On- and off-premises catering. Gift certificates available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat; closed Sunday. On Times Union Center event nights, kitchen stays open after the event lets out. AE, MC, V. $$$

Panza’s

510 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs, 584-6882, panzasrestaurant.com. Distinctive Italian cuisine with a continental flair. Full bar, banquets for all occasions, on/off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-close Wed-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$$

V & R Restaurant

136 Madison Ave., Albany, 626-0001 or 626-0700. Northern Italian cuisine featuring pasta, chicken, veal and seafood. Soups and desserts made from scratch. Full bar, catering, two rooms for private parties up to 150. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat-Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Vico Restaurant & Bar

136 Warren St., Hudson, 828-6529. Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s time in Italy. The result: items like fettuccine Botticelli, topped with a cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus and edible flowers, so it really does look like a work of art. Other items in the changing menu could include grilled rosemary-crusted lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken and duck. Warm ambiance, excellent pasta and a killer bistecca Fiorentina. Full bar. Serving lunch noon-2 Mon, Wed-Thu, noon-5 Fri-Sun; dinner 5-9:30 Mon, Wed-Thu, Sun, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Sunday brunch 11-2. AE, MC, V. $$$

The Wheat Fields

440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534. wheatfields.com. Serving fresh pasta and fine wine since 1988, along with veal, fish and chicken specials daily. Full bar; space for semi-private parties available. Reservations accepted. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

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