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Ca’ Mea Ristorante

333 Warren St., Hudson, 822-0005, camearestaurant.com. Owners Roy Felcetto and (chef) Max Cenci give a taste of Tuscany here, with homemade pasta (try the pappardelle in a shiitake and porcini mushroom sauce), authentic beef, pork and chicken dishes and even seafood offerings. Full bar and wine list; banquet menu. Serving lunch noon-3 Tue-Sun, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat, 5-9 Sun. AE, MC, D, V. $$$$

Café Capriccio

49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439, cafecapriccio.com. Metroland’s 2011 Best Restaurant has been serving gourmet regional Italian cuisine for 28 years. Family owned ristorante featuring seasonal menus with a Tuscan emphasis from chef Franco Rua. Serving 5-9 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Reservations strongly suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Café Lucia

80 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2640, cafelucialenox.com. Enjoy the regional Italian and continental cuisine of chef-owner Jim Lucie, featuring organic ingredients and all-natural meats, served in an intimate 1840s farmhouse. Award-winning wine list, scenic outdoor dining, private parties. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5:30-9:00 Tue-Sat, closed Sun-Mon, open Sundays of holiday weekends. D, MC, V. $$$$

Capriccio Saratoga

26 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 587-9463. Sister restaurant to Albany’s Café Capriccio, offering many of the same classic Italian antipasti, pasta and main courses along with traditional Neapolitan pizza. Full bar. Serving 5-close daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$

Chianti il Ristorante

18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025, chiantiristorante.com. In the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, Chianti Il Ristorante serves sophisticated, authentic Northern Italian fare utilizing seasonal ingredients in an elegant setting. Full bar, award-winning wine selection. Dinner served from 5 PM daily. Bar open daily at 4:30. 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. Serving dinner 4-11 Mon-Sat, with a late dinner menu available from 10 PM-2 AM. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Limoncello Ristorante

1 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs, 580-8700, limoncelloristorante.com. Chef-owner Giancarlo Balestra offers a Tuscan-style menu where you can start with calamari, carpaccio or fritto misto di mare, and go on to enjoy pasta dishes like fettuccine del norcino, penne alla vodka or homemade gnocchi. The secondi include scallopine limoncello, tagliata alla Toscana and saltimbocca alla Romana. Full bar, wine list, outdoor patio. Serving dinner 7 days 4:30-close. 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, loportoscatering@aol.com). Space available for private parties. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday except for private parties. 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, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat. 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 5-7 Wed. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$


149 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-5599, manginos.com. Serving Northern and traditional Italian specialties for more than 65 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 4-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Tue-Thu, noon-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, 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 lobster 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, milano-restaurant.com. Northern Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet pizza, grilled meats and seafood. Full bar. 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. $$$$

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 parties 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 lunch and dinner 12-close Sun-Mon, Wed-Fri, serving dinner 5-close Sat. Closed Tuesday. Reservations appreciated. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$


20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242, tesoroitalianrestaurant.com. Intimate chef-owned restaurant serving both northern and southern Italian dishes by former Lombardo’s chef Raffaele Sainato. Join us every Wednesday for “dinner for four to-go” for $19.95. Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat, and 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 11:30-9:30 Mon-Fri, 3-10 Sat, 3-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Vico Restaurant & Bar

136 Warren St., Hudson, 828-6529, vicorestaurant.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-3 Sat-Sun; dinner 5-close Thu-Mon; closed Tue-Wed. AE, MC, V. $$$


440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534, 54 Crossing Blvd., Clifton Park, 383-4444, wheatfields.com. Serving fresh, homemade pasta, daily specials, and fine wine since 1988. Proudly bringing the finest local ingredients to our guests’ plates. Offering a gluten free menu. Full bar; space for semi-private parties available. Reservations accepted. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

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