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NORTHERN ITALIAN

Café Capriccio

49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439, www.cafecapriccio.com. Gourmet Italian dining, with a menu that includes seasonal specials, homemade pastas and Mediterranean gourmet fare as well. Try the ravioli Della Sera and the calamari neri. Serving 5:30-10 Mon-Thu, 5:30-11 Fri-Sat, 5:30-9 Sun. Reservations strongly suggested. AE, D, DC, 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. Open extra hours during July and August: 5-10 Tue-Sun, closed Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Cella Bistro

2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 381-2080. Enjoy tapas at the bar and full meals in the dining room. Spring rolls sport artichoke hearts and goat cheese; homemade pappardelle in a Bolognese sauce is a killer; duck two ways includes a brilliant confit. Full bar. Serving dinner Tue-Sat 5-9. AE, MC, V. $$$

Chianti il Ristorante

208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0025, www.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) served in a rustic Italian, newly expanded 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. The luxe dining room has balcony seating at this classy addition to the family of the original Elda’s. The classic Italian menu includes veal dishes, seafood, chicken and beef dishes. Fresh pasta and bread made on premises. Gourmet desserts. Outdoor patio. 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. Space available for private parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations strongly suggested for dinner. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Luisa’s Italian Bistro

Exit 17, Route 9, Saratoga Road, S. Glens Falls, 745-5055, www.luisas italianbistro.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, www.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. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

Mangino’s

Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-5599, www.manginos.com. Serving Northern and traditional Italian specialties for more than 50 years at the same beautiful 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 Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Mezza Notte

2026 Western Ave., Guilderland, 689-4433. Meals emerge from a presentation kitchen and they’re innovative and tasty, featuring good meat, fresh seafood and an innovative way with pasta. Try the carpaccio as a starter and osso bucco for a hearty entrée. Comfortable and handsomely appointed. Full bar, good wine list. Serving 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. $$$

Milano

Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334, www.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 Mon-Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Nicole’s Italia

20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242, www.nicolesitalia.com. Southern and Northern Italian specialties served in an intimate atmosphere. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/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, www.nicolesrestaurant.com. The menu offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties in an intimate dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/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/off-premises catering. Gift certificates also available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat; closed Sun. On Times Union Center event nights, kitchen stays open after the event gets out. AE, MC, V. $$$

Panza’s

510 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-6882, www.panzasrestaurant.com. Distinctive Italian cuisine is given 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, private parties up to 70. Takeout available. Reservations suggested. Serving 11-10 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat-Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

The Wheat Fields

440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534. www.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-10 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

 

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