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NORTHERN ITALIAN

Café Capriccio

49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439. Gourmet Italian dining, with a menu that includes seasonal specials, 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 to 9:30 (sometimes later) Tue-Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Chianti il Ristorante

208 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0025. 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. Seasonal outdoor dining available. Full bar. Serving 5:30-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5:30-10 (or so) 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 (see next entry). 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 and lounge with live entertainment. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sun, dinner 4-11 Mon-Sun. Free parking. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Elda’s Trattoria & Café

122 Fourth St., Troy, 274-3532. A lot of Northern and a little Southern Italian cooking, with daily specials that include fresh seafood. Full bar, banquet facilities and on/off-premises catering. Takeout available, delivery until 2 AM daily. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat. Dining room closed Sun. Free parking. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

Fannie’s

472 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 785-5404. Serving Northern (and Southern) Italian cuisine, with seafood, veal and steak specials. Too many kinds of pasta to count. Full bar. Banquets and off-premises catering. Takeout and delivery available. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested for large parties. AE, MC, V. $$

Lenox 218

218 Main St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-4218. It’s Northern Italian, but with an eclectic flair that includes novel takes on American favorites served in a comfortable, nicely appointed dining room. Full bar, banquet facilities. Serving lunch daily 11:30-2:15, dinner nightly 5-9. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Lo Porto Ristorante

85 Fourth 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 dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations strongly suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Lo Porto at the Sign of the Tree

Empire State Plaza, Albany, 465-7313. Easy to get to, great view and plenty of tables on weeknights. The same great food as Lo Porto’s Troy restaurant, served in comfy surroundings. Try pollo con asparci for a great combo of chicken and asparagus, beans and greens. Full bar. On/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-4 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Luigi’s

1125 Barrett St., Schenectady, 382-5429. Luigi’s has been at the same location for almost 50 years, with a vast menu of homemade Italian specials. Fresh seafood, sausage and terrific pasta fagioli. Full bar, catering and banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30 Mon, Wed-Fri; dinner 4:30-9 Mon, Wed-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 12:30-8:30 Sun. Closed Tue. AE, MC, V. $$

Luisa’s Italian Bistro

Exit 17, Route 9, Saratoga Road, Saratoga, 581-0234. 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 a new intimate setting. Updated menu includes extensive appetizers, light bar menu and more, with seafood specialties daily. Takeout available. Reservations recommended for parties of six or more. Serving 4-9 Sun-Thu; 4 -10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V. $$$

Mallozzi’s

1930 Curry Road, Schenectady, 355-0340. A banquet house that offers fine dining in an elegant setting; traditional Italian fare with many chef’s specials. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving 4:30-9 Tue, Thu-Fri; 5-9 Wed, Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

Mangino’s

Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-5599. 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, Black Angus steak, prime rib and fresh seafood. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving 3-9 Wed-Thu, 3-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Milano

Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334. 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. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, noon-3 Sat; dinner 5-10 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, 5-9 Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Nicole’s Italia

20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242. 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 Italia 2

54 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, 383-4150. The same Southern and Northern Italian specialties as the first, with the addition of an outdoor patio. Full bar, banquet facilities, on/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving lunch buffet 11:30-1:30 Tue-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. 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 11:30-3 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat, 5-9:30 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Pagliacci’s Ristorante

44 S. Pearl St., Albany, 465-1001. An unassuming restaurant across the street from the Pepsi Arena. Here you will find fine dining that reflects Northern Italian culinary traditions, with daily specials. Full bar, banquet facilities. On- and off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Sat; dinner 4-10 Mon-Sat, 3-9 Sun. On Pepsi Arena event nights, kitchen stays open after the event gets out. AE, MC, V. $$

Panza’s

510 Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-6882. Distinctive Italian cuisine is given a continental flair. Full bar, banquets for all occasions, on/off-premises catering. Serving dinner 5-close Thu-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Open daily July and August, 5-close. 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 11-11 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat-Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Verdura

44 Railroad St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8969. A rustic Italian trattoria inspired by the food and feel of Tuscany, featuring a European-style hardwood bar and an open window to the kitchen. The emphasis is on local and organic ingredients: organic olive oil, local produce, locally made Italian sourdough bread, house-made pasta. Enjoy seafood, meats and game from the wood-fired oven and grill. All desserts are house-made. Full bar; can accommodate parties up to 20. Serving dinner 5-10 Sun-Tue, Thu-Sat. Closed Wed. MC, V. $$$

The Wheat Fields

440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534. A multitude of unique pasta entrées is featured along with veal, fish and chicken specials daily. Lunch menu includes sandwiches and the popular eggplant Pompeii. Full bar; limited banquet and on-premises catering. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Serving lunch noon-4 and dinner 4:30 to 10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$

 

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