49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439, cafecapriccio.com. Metroland’s
2009 Best Restaurant has been serving gourmet regional Italian
cuisine for 27 years. Seasonally changing menu. Serving
5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations strongly suggested.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
80 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2640. Enjoy the cuisine
of chef-owner Jim Lucie, who takes loving care with his
ingredients to turn out variations on Italian and continental
favorites. Full bar and award-winning wine list. Private
parties. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5:30-9:00
Tue-Sat, closed Sun-Mon, open Sundays of holiday weekends.
D, MC, V. $$$$
Chianti il Ristorante
18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025, chiantiristorante.com.
Start with antipasto del Chianti and discover how delectable
such simple ingredients can be. Innovative Northern Italian
fare including osso buco and fresh seafood, served in an
elegant yet casual dining room. No reservations. Full bar
opens at 4:30. Serving dinner 5 daily. AE, MC, V. $$$
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
dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat, with a late dinner menu available from
10 AM-2 AM. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
Lo Porto Ristorante
85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546, loportos.com. Martin Scorsese’s
favorite Capital Region restaurant is still going strong,
serving Italian specialties with a Sicilian flavor. Full
bar. Off-premises catering (465-7313, loportocatering.com).
Space available for private parties. Takeout available.
Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed
Sunday. Reservations strongly suggested for dinner. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
Luisa’s Italian Bistro
Exit 17, Route 9, Saratoga Road, South Glens Falls, 745-5055,
luisasitalianbistro.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, gourmet pizza, light bar menu and
more, with dinner specials daily. Full bar. Takeout available.
Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Serving
4:30-9 Sun-Thu, 4:30-9:30 Fri-Sat., 4:30-close Mon. AE,
D, MC, V. $$$
1930 Curry Road, Schenectady, 355-0340, mallozzis.com. A
banquet house offering custom-designed menus for special
occasions. Serving a Wednesday night Grand Italian Buffet
offering myriad Italian specialty dishes and chef’s specials
in an elegant setting. Full bar, banquet facilities. Now
offering off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-9 Wed.
Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$
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. Serving house specialties of lobster, shrimp, and
veal, regional pasta favorites, prime rib Friday and Saturday,
and fresh seafood. Serving 4-close Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat,
noon-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
2026 Western Ave., Guilderland, 689-4433, mezzanottealbany.com.
Serving classic Italian dishes with a modern flair. House
specialties include their signature osso buco, and fettucine
arragosta (lobster) in a vanilla cream sauce; for appetizers,
try the patate (homemade potato chips) con gorgonzola. All
desserts are house-made. Full bar, extensive wine list.
Enjoy the outside dining patio while the weather is nice.
Private banquet rooms available. Serving dinner 5-9:30 Tue-Thu,
5-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334, milanorest
aurant.com. Northern Italian cuisine featuring homemade
pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled meats and seafood. Selection
of gourmet foods and baked goods for takeout. Full bar,
off-premises catering by Unique Catering. Winner of the
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Serving lunch
11:30-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat, dinner 5-9 Sun-Mon, 5-10 Tue-Thu,
5-10:30 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952, nicolesrestaurant.com.
The menu offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties
in an intimate dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full
bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering.
Takeout available. Private luncheons by reservation any
day. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat,
4-9 Sun, closed Monday. Reservations suggested for dinner.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
510 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs, 584-6882, panzasrestaurant.com.
Distinctive Italian cuisine with a continental flair. Full
bar, banquets for all occasions, on- and off-premises catering.
Serving dinner 5-close Wed-Sat, 3-close Sun. Closed Mon-Tue.
Reservations appreciated. AE, MC, V. $$$$
20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242. Intimate
chef-owned restaurant serving both Northern and Southern
Italian dishes by former Lombardo’s chef Raffaele Sainato.
Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering.
Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-4 Mon-Fri, dinner
4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat, 4-8 Sun. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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, D, MC, V. $$$
Vico Restaurant & Bar
136 Warren St., Hudson, 828-6529, vico- restaurant.com.
Tuscan-inspired dining, the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s
time in Italy. The result: items like fettuccine Botticelli,
topped with a cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus
and edible flowers, so it really does look like a work of
art. Other items in the changing menu could include grilled
rosemary-crusted lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken
and duck. Warm ambiance, two working fireplaces, excellent
pasta and a killer bistecca Fiorentina. Full bar.
Serving lunch noon-5 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-9:30 Mon, Thu, Sun,
5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$
The Wheat Fields
440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534, wheatfields.com.
Serving fresh, homemade pasta, daily specials, and fine
wine since 1988. Proudly bringing the finest local ingredients
to our guests’ plates. Offering gluten free menu. Full bar;
space for semi-private parties available. Reservations accepted.
Serving 11:30-10 Sun-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V.