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ITALIAN

Alteri’s Restaurant

Route 9W, Glenmont, 436-0002. An extensive Italian-American menu with more than 100 veal, chicken, seafood and steak specialties to choose from. Full bar, off-premises catering, on-premises banquets up to 160. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 3-10 Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Amo La Bella New York

89 Beaver St., Albany, 434-3121. Specialties at this downtown dining room include saltimbocca à la Romana, seafood pasta à la Amo and shrimp with porcini mushrooms in a Genovese sauce. Full bar, banquets for up to 170 guests. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-9 Wed-Sun. Open for all Pepsi Arena events, reservations accepted. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Antipasto’s

See listing under “Vegetarian.”

Aromi D’Italia

2050 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-9200. Fresh ingredients and quality products enhance the menu at this contemporary Italian café. In addition to world famous gelato (which is made fresh each day on premises), diners can savor pasta entrées, gourmet pizzas, meal-sized salads, paninis (served on homemade focaccia bread), rich desserts, espresso and coffee drinks. Off-premises catering and takeout available. 10-9 Sun-Thu, 10-10 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Attanasio’s

49 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, 346-6999. Banquet house with large dance floor and stage, available for weddings and parties of any kind, from casual buffets to formal receptions. Seats up to 220, call for information on dinner shows. MC, V.

The Backgrounds

154 Erie Blvd., Schenectady, 382-1240. Enjoy Italian cuisine consisting of items such as 16-ounce bourbon steak, seafood platter over linguine, New York strip steak and a variety of chicken dishes. Full bar. Takeout available. On/off-premises catering available. Serving 11:30-3 Mon, 11:30-9:30 Tue-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat, 3-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Bellini’s Italian Eatery

1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-6022. Tucked into a strip mall, this attractive restaurant features a mix of plain and fancy Italian fare, including garlicky greens and beans, wood-fired pizzas and more complicated dishes like the padrino, grilled chicken breasts tossed with fettucine, goat cheese, spinach and roasted walnuts. Fresh-baked bread and great desserts, too. Full bar, wine list. Serving lunch 11-4 daily, dinner 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Bongiorno’s

23 Dove St., Albany, 462-9176. Specializing in veal and seafood dishes, including clams marinara, seafood fra diavolo and veal Françese. Full bar, small banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-9 Mon-Wed, 5-10 Thu-Sat. Closed Sun. Reservations accepted. AE, MC, V. $$

Buca di Beppo

44 Wolf Road, Albany, 459-2822. Family-style Italian fare in a chain restaurant that does it right. Order less than you think and bring a big party: Lots of food emerges and it’s all delicious, served in an infectiously merry atmosphere. Now featuring dinner for two. Full bar. Serving 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Caffe Italia

662 Central Ave., Albany, 482-9433. Look for traditional preparations of pasta, shrimp, lobster and veal, including Veal Luciana—medallions of veal with proscuitto, tomato and mozzarella. Beer, liquor and wine. Off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations appreciated. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Carmine’s Restaurant

818 Central Ave., Albany, 458-8688. A menu of continental and Italian cuisine with American flair, plus light selections and interesting pastas. Menu includes seafood, chicken and veal specialties. Favorite dishes include fried calamari, braised veal cheeks and penne regate. Homemade desserts. Full bar. On/off-premises catering, private parties welcome. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Tue-Fri; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4-8:30 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$

Casa Mia Ristorante

385 Route 9W, Glenmont, 463-4331. Offering a variety of chicken, veal, beef, seafood and pasta dishes from both the Northern and Southern regions of Italy. Known for veal and seafood creations. Nightly specials. Full bar and banquet facilities. Serving 11-10 Tue-Fri, 4-11 Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Cavaleri’s

334 Second Ave., Albany, 463-4320. Serving the Capital Region for more than a quarter of a century, this restaurant serves traditional Italian home-style food, including huge portions of veal, pasta, homemade sausage and more. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 Wed-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. MC, V. $$

Ciao Ristorante

34 Hudson Ave., Chatham, 392-7366. Northern and Southern Italian cuisine with continental specials such as braised lamb shanks with four-cheese potatoes and carmelized fennel. Wine and beer. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving lunch noon-3 Wed-Fri; dinner 5-9 Wed-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 3-9 Sun. D, MC, V. $$$

Citone’s

457 Elk St., Albany, 463-6199. The traditional Italian menu features an extensive selection of pasta and baked Italian specialties, plus seafood, steaks, pizza, grilled items, hot sandwiches and even omelettes. Wine and beer. Everything on the menu is available for takeout. Serving dinner 5-10 Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Cash only. $

Cornell’s Restaurant

1733 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 370-3825. The Northern and Southern Italian menu includes such favorites as braciola, calamari and homemade cavatelle. Full bar. Serving dinner 4-9:30 Tue-Thu, 4-10:30 Fri-Sat, 4-9:30 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, CB, MC, V. $$

DaVinci’s Ristorante

1414 State St., Schenectady, 372-4208. Homemade pastas, hand-cut veal and steaks, and chicken are mainstays of the menu at this Schenectady gem. Customer favorites include linguine in clam sauce and seafood fra diavolo. Full bar. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. Early-bird specials 4-6 Tue-Thu, Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

DeAngelo’s Ristorante

1510 Chrisler Ave., Schenectady, 393-1364. A family-style restaurant featuring fresh ingredients, huge portions, menu selections from spaghetti to lobster tails, and a friendly staff to top it off. Full bar. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 Sun-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$

DeFazio’s Pizzeria

266 Fourth St., Troy, 271-1111. Twenty-one gourmet wood-fired pizzas, 21 pastas, antipasto and salads. Homemade Italian sauces available in DeFazio’s retail store next door. No alcohol. Off-premises catering available. Serving noon-10 Mon-Fri, 4-10 Sat. Closed Sun. Cash only. $

Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse

1553 Central Ave., Albany, 456-5656. The Delmonico steak is a terrific deal, but the menu also features standard Italian fare at reasonable prices. Heavy sauces, lots of cheese—it’s all here. Full bar. Serving dinner 4-10:30 Mon-Thu, 4-11:30 Fri, 3-11:30 Sat, noon-10 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Depietro’s Italiano’s Pizzeria

555 Washington Ave., Albany, 465-3607. Typical Italian favorites are found here, as well as unique specialty pizzas—including heavenly olive-and-white garlic and chicken wing—plus dinners, jumbo wings, calzones and subs (the jawbreaker weighs in at two pounds). Home of the Jimmy Hoffa sub—so good it disappears. Off-premises catering, takeout available. Daily specials. 10-10 Mon-Thu, 10-11 Fri, 11-11 Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

Dorato’s

Star Plaza, Routes 155 and 20, Guilderland, 456-5774. An emphasis on fresh seafood and veal in a menu of American and international specialties, including osso buco and Tournedos Dorato. Pub fare, too. Full bar. On/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat, 4:30-9 Sun. Reservations appreciated. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Douglas Anthony’s Italian Steakhouse

1839 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 382-3286. Classic beef and seafood dishes include the DeMarco special—London broil over garlic bread—along with an array of Southern Italian-styled pasta, chicken and veal. Serving 4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri, 5-10 Sat, 3-8 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

D’Raymonds Restaurant and Lounge

269 Osborne Road, Loudonville, 459-6364. Italian with an American accent. Veal and homemade pasta are house specialties. Full bar. Takeout until 7 PM, catering available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:15 Mon-Fri; dinner 5-10 Mon-Fri, 4-10 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $$$

Ferrari’s Ristorante

1254 Congress St., Schenectady, 382-8865. Authentic Italian cuisine with specialties including veal Pepe—veal napped in horseradish-cream sauce—and chicken Antonio with wine-and-mushroom sauce. Full bar. Banquets for up to 65 guests, off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri, 4-10 Sat. Open on Sunday for private parties and banquets of 25 or more. AE, MC, V. $$

Fireside Pizzeria

1631 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, 382-1616. An Electric City mainstay for pizza, along with burgers, salads and traditional Italian-American dishes, to stay or go. Full bar. Delivery available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Sat, 1 PM-midnight Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $

Francesco’s Ristorante

108 Jay St., Schenectady, 372-4333. The hot seafood antipasto, veal saltimbocca and chicken champagne are specialties, and the breads and salad dressings are all homemade. Make your own pasta special by choosing from five homemade and seven imported pastas, 12 different sauces and 25 different toppings. Full bar. Catering and banquet facilities, takeout available. Serving 11:30-9 Mon-Fri, 4:30-9 Sat. Closed Sun, except for private parties. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

Gaspary’s Restaurant

164-166 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-6749. Italian-American cuisine, featuring stuffed steak, pasta and thin-crust pizza. Full bar. Banquet facilities, catering, takeout available. Banquet lunches available. Serving lunch 11-2 Tue-Sat; dinner 5-10 Mon-Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $$

Geppetto’s Restaurant

547 Nott St., Schenectady, 370-9862. The stromboli is one of the biggest sellers on a menu featuring a full range of traditional Italian-American cuisine. Full bar. Banquet facilities for up to 100, on/off-premises catering. Delivery available. Serving 11:30 AM-midnight Mon-Fri, 5-11 Sat. Reservations accepted. AE, D, MC, V. $

Joey’s Riverside Restaurant

240 Church St., Albany, 449-5008. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting, with specials at all meals. Breakfast is served any time and dinner includes steaks, chops and seafood. Off-premises catering, takeout available. Open 24 hours, seven days a week (except Christmas). AE, D, MC, V. $

John Riccitello’s

1687 Foster Ave., Schenectady, 374-1574. You’ll be part of the family as soon as you walk in. Good meals, good prices, good company. Try the veal parmigiana. Wed-Thu night specials. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Wed-Fri, 4-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. Closed Mon-Tue (except for parties of 20-40, by reservation only). D, MC, V. Reservations suggested. $$

La Casa di Canali

2490 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-0867. Traditional Italian fare in a family-owned and operated establishment. Offering a wide selection of veal, chicken and seafood, along with many pasta dishes. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Open for private parties. Open for lunch 11:30 AM Thu-Fri; dinner 4-9 PM Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. MC, V. $$.

La Casa Napoli

301 25th St., Watervliet, 272-2843. Featuring pastas, veal entrées and Italian-style seafood, among other delicacies. On-premises catering, takeout available. Serving 4:30-9 PM Tue-Sat. Cash only. $

Le Caravelle Ristorante

Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, 456-0292. Offers a large selection of veal dishes and more, along with such specialties as linguine Portuguese and zuppa di pesce. Children’s menu served. Full bar. Banquet facilities, takeout available. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri; dinner 5-8:30 Tue-Thu, 5-9:30 Fri-Sat, 2-8 Sun. AE, D, Dc, MC, V. $$

Lombardi’s North

312 Oakwood Ave., Troy, 235-4416. Family dining at this handsome restaurant north of Troy, where the bistecca à la Lombardi is a trencherman’s steak-and-potatoes dream. Homemade soups, great pasta, plus sandwiches and pizza. Full bar. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Reservations suggested. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Lombardo’s

121 Madison Ave., Albany, 462-9180. An Albany mainstay, with many different pasta dishes and a menu featuring 15 different veal dishes, among many other offerings. Nightly specials, too. Full bar. Banquet room available for up to 70, takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Fri, 3-11 Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Maggie’s Café

1186 Western Ave., Albany, 437-1701. Capellini primo is a favorite dish on a menu featuring Italian cuisine. Daily dinner specials and homemade soups. Full bar. Small banquets, on/off-premises catering. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri; dinner 4:30-9:30 Mon-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4-8 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Mama Rosa’s

271 Lark St., Albany. 472-9555. A casual and inexpensive family-style Italian restaurant, featuring homemade entrées and desserts, Afghan Food Night on Tue and several monthly special events. Vegetarian entrées available. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Delivery on Lark Street only. Serving dinner 5-10 Mon-Thu, 5-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Mangia

1562 New Scotland Ave. (Route 85), Slingerlands, 439-5555; Stuyvesant Plaza, 482-8000; Shoppers World Plaza (off Route 146), Clifton Park, 383-6666. The pizzas come out of the wood-fired oven and include such exotic toppings as chicken pesto and barbecued chicken. All pastas are fresh. The menu also features innovative world cuisine. Beer and extensive wine list (full bar at Stuyvesant Plaza location). Takeout available. Slingerlands: serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, noon-10 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Stuyvesant Plaza: serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri, noon-11 Sat, noon-9 Sun. Clifton Park: serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri, 11-10 Sat, 4-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Marinara

612 Watervliet Shaker Road (Route 155), Latham, 786-8310. Wide variety of Italian favorites from chicken marsala to stuffed shrimp and more. Full bar. On-premises catering, takeout available. Serving dinner 5-9 Mon, 5-10 Tue-Thu, 4:30-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Mario’s Restaurant

Routes 20 and 22, New Lebanon, 794-9495. Chef-owned and family-operated since 1964, this personalized eatery is known for great food and service. Bread, pasta and desserts are all from scratch. A Berkshire classic. Full bar. On/off-premises catering. Serving dinner 4-9:30 Mon, Wed-Thu; 4-10 Fri-Sat; noon-9:30 Sun. Closed Tue. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$

Mario’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

2850 River Road, Niskayuna, 347-0002. The feeds-a-bunch long Sicilian pizza is a trademark item; other pizzas as well as traditional pasta dishes and inventive dinner specials are on the menu. Serving 11-10 Tue-Fri, 4-10 Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Mercato’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

155 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 475-7777. Salmon alla Mercato is a favorite on a menu featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta and pizza. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Mercato’s II Pizzeria & Restaurant

1649 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack, 479-5050. Salmon alla Mercato is a favorite on a menu featuring veal, chicken, seafood, pasta and pizza. Full bar. Serving 11-10 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Moscatiello’s Italian Restaurant

99 North Greenbush Road (Route 4), Troy, 283-0809. This family-operated restaurant boasts a variety of Italian fare. In addition to the traditional, the menu also includes gourmet specialties and salads, including chicken rustica, shrimp scampi, chicken marsala, New York strip steak, and the bruschetta appetizer. Full bar and wine list. On/off-premises catering. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

The New Madison Grille

331 Madison Ave., Albany, 434-1938. Pizza is a specialty—this neighborhood favorite has revived the famous 50-year-old pizza recipe from the former establishment. Also serving a high-quality but reasonably priced menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers and other entrées. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-6 Mon, 11:30-10 Tue, 11:30-11 Wed, 11:30-midnight Thu, 11:30-2 AM Fri, 5 PM-midnight Sat. Closed Sun. AE, CB, DC, MC, V. $

The Olive Garden

178 Wolf Road, Colonie, 458-8676. An extensive, Americanized Italian menu includes lots of pastas, appetizers and salads. Full bar, complimentary wine sampling Fri and Sat evenings. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Paolo Lombardi’s

104 West Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill, 283-0202. Featuring fresh veal, seafood and specialty pastas, with large hot and cold antipasto. Full bar. Takeout available. Catering and shuttle service also provided. Serving dinner 4-10 Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Paradiso il Ristorante

129 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-1717. Family-style Italian cuisine in a large, stone-and-wood dining room. Start with a classic appetizer (baked clams, stuffed mushrooms), avail yourself of a pasta dish, then see if you have room for one of the entrées. Full bar. On-premises catering. Serving 5-close nightly. AE, MC, V. $$

Pat Russo’s Dugout

43 Main St., South Glens Falls, 793-9560. Dine amid vintage sports memorabilia and enjoy selections from a wide-ranging menu of Italian and continental fare at great prices. The wine list is large and offers incredible bargains. Full bar. Serving 11:30-10:30 Mon, Wed-Thu; 11:30-11:30 Fri; 4-11:30 Sat; 4-10 Sun. MC, V. $$$

Pennell’s

284 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2423. This award-winning chef-owned and operated restaurant has been in business for more than 80 years, serving Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specials include veal marsala and shrimp Genovese. Full bar, on-premises catering for parties up to 120. Full menu available for takeout. Serving 5-9 Wed-Thu, Sun; 5-10 Fri-Sat. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$

Perrino’s Restaurant

2015 Rosa Road, Schenectady, 344-7524. Owned and operated by the Rockefeller brothers Keith and Dave, who cordially invite you to dine at one of Schenectady’s fine-dining establishments. Full bar. Takeout available. Banquets for up to 80. Off-premises catering. Serving lunch Tue-Fri 11-2. Dinner 4-9 Tue-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat, 4-9 Sun. AE, DC, MC, V. $$

Petta’s

134 Duane Ave., Schenectady, 346-7324. The granddaddy of Italian eateries in the Electric City, celebrating over 50 years of family ownership. American dishes are also featured on a menu known for its veal dishes. Full bar, banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri; dinner 4-9 daily. Reservations suggested on weekends. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Ralph’s Tavern

1328 Central Ave., Colonie, 489-8290. Full menu specializing in Italian-American fare, with daily specials including hot turkey, pizzas, prime rib and 30-cent wings (in-house only). Full bar, off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. Reservations accepted Mon-Thu. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Red Front Restaurant

71 Division St., Troy, 272-9241, 274-6114; fax 274-6836. Pizza, traditional Italian fare and prime-rib dinners are the specialties at this venerable Troy institution. Full bar. Catering for small parties. Banquet facilities. Takeout and delivery available. Serving 11-11 Tue-Sun. Closed Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $

Ristorante Paradiso

198 Central Ave., Albany, 462-5812. Authentic Italian-American cuisine, featuring pasta, beef, veal and seafood dishes, as well as authentic Italian wood-fired pizza. Full bar. Catering and banquet facilities. Serving dinner 5-close Tue-Sun. AE, CB, D, MC, V. $$

Romano’s Family Restaurant

1475 Route 9, Halfmoon, 371-1650. Italian dining in a friendly atmosphere. The varied menu features such specialties as linguine pescatora, chicken à la Stephanie and veal saltimbocca. There’s also a reasonably priced wine list, with more than a dozen wines offered by the glass. Full bar. Banquet and catering facilities. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat, 11-9 Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

1 Metro Park Road (off Wolf Road), Colonie, 446-9190. A full menu of Italian specialties is served in a convivial ambience, along with wood-fired oven pizza. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-10:15 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Sam’s Italian-American Famous Restaurant

125 Southern Blvd. (Route 9W), Albany, 463-3433. Featuring Northern and Southern Italian specialties. Fresh veal, pasta and seafood. Children’s and senior citizen portions available. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Tue-Fri, dinner 4:30-10 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. Reservations suggested. AE, MC, V. $$

Scotti’s Restaurant and Pizzeria

1730 Union St., Schenectady, 393-7440. In the same spot since 1966, Scotti’s is famous for its marinara sauce. Some dishes to try: chicken white wine, primavera pizza, linguine calamari and hot antipasto. No smoking. Beer and extensive wine list. On-premises catering and full menu available for takeout. Serving lunch 11:30-1:30, dinner 4:30-9:30 Tue-Sat. MC, V. $$

Sergio’s Italian Restaurant

780 Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 583-8877. Family-style Italian dining, with an emphasis on Southern Italian fare. Each platter serves three or four, so you should bring lots of friends and family. Full bar. Catering, takeout available. Serving 5-10 Wed-Sat, 1-9 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$

Testo’s

124th Street and Fourth Avenue, Troy, 235-0444. Family-run Italian restaurant with a family ambience, specializing in pasta dishes, veal and seafood. Home of Testo’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce. Beer and wine. Off-premises catering. Complete menu available for takeout. Serving 11:30-9 Tue-Sat. Closed Sun-Mon. D, MC, V. $

Trattoria Il Vesuvio

242 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-4904. This down-home trattoria with a brick oven is where you’ll enjoy imported ingredients and a high-quality approach to authentic peasant food. Known for homemade ravioli and hearty meat dishes, all served in a converted Dutch barn. Full bar. Serving lunch 11:30-2 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9 all week. AE, D, MC, V. $$

Verdile’s

572 Second Ave., Troy, 235-8879. Selections include fresh veal, homemade pasta and seafood specials. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 Mon-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat, noon-9 Sun. Reservations not accepted. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

Villa Valenti

Route 150, West Sand Lake, 283-1291. The menu of traditional Italian fare offers homemade pastas, nature-quality veal (cut fresh daily), fresh seafood and a salad bar with more than 40 items. Look for the restaurant’s homemade pasta sauce in your local market. Full bar. Banquet facilities. Takeout available. Serving dinner 4-10 Tue-Sat, 3-9 Sun. Closed Mon. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$

 

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