49 Grand St., Albany, 465-0439, cafecapriccio.com. Metroland’s
Best Restaurant in 2007 has been serving gourmet regional
Italian cuisine for 26 years. New menu features gnocchi
Sorrento, free-range chicken grilled under brick, involtini
of prime veal, and the usual favorites including calamari
neri, ravioli della sera and eggplant with four cheeses.
Serving 5:30-10 Mon-Thu, 5:30-11 Fri-Sat, 5:30-9 Sun. Reservations
strongly suggested. AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
80 Church St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-2640. Enjoy the cuisine
of chef-owner Jim Lucie, who takes loving care with his
ingredients to turn out variations on Italian and continental
favorites. Full bar and award-winning wine list. Private
parties. Reservations recommended. Serving dinner 5:30-9:30
Tue-Sat, closed Sun-Mon, open Sundays of holiday weekends.
D, MC, V. $$$$
Chianti il Ristorante
18 Division St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0025, chiantiristorante.com.
Start with antipasto del Chianti and discover how delectable
such simple ingredients can be. Innovative Northern Italian
fare including osso buco and fresh seafood, served in an
elegant yet casual dining room. Full bar. No reservations.
Serving dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thu, 5-10 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V.
203-207 Lark St., Albany, 449-3532, eldasonlark.com. In
a handsome dining room looking out on Lark and State streets,
enjoy classic Italian dishes including veal, seafood, chicken,
beef and pasta. Fresh pasta and bread made on premises.
Gourmet desserts. Full bar. Catering and takeout available.
Delivery available for orders for 10 or more people. Serving
lunch 11-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 4-11 Mon-Sat. Closed Sunday.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Lo Porto Ristorante
85 4th St., Troy, 273-8546, loporto.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. $$$
Luisa’s Italian Bistro
Exit 17, Route 9, Saratoga Road, S. Glens Falls, 745-5055,
luisasitalianbistro.com. Serving Northern Italian dishes
from the restaurateur’s home in the Emilia-Romagna region
of Bologna, the restaurant specializes in veal, chicken,
seafood and pasta in an intimate setting. Updated menu includes
extensive appetizers, light bar menu and more, with dinner
specials daily. Full bar. Takeout available. Reservations
recommended for parties of six or more. Serving 4:30-close
daily. AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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. $$$
Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-5599, manginos.com. Serving
Northern and traditional Italian specialties for more than
50 years at the same location at the south end of Saratoga
Lake. Specials include lobster, shrimp, veal, certified
Angus steak, prime rib and fresh seafood. Serving 4-closing
Mon-Thu, 4-11 Fri-Sat, 1-9 Sun. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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.
Serving 5-9:30 Mon-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat, closed Sunday.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$$
Newton Plaza, 594 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-3334, uniquecatering.com.
Northern Italian cuisine featuring homemade pasta, gourmet
pizza, grilled meats and seafood. Selection of gourmet foods
and baked goods for takeout. Full bar, off-premises catering
by Unique Catering. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award
of Excellence. Serving lunch 11:30-3 Mon-Fri, dinner 5-9
Sun-Mon, 5-10 Tue-Thu, 5-10:30 Fri-Sat. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
556 Delaware Ave., Albany, 436-4952, nicolesrestaurant.com.
The menu offers Southern and Northern Italian specialties
in an intimate dining room with a metropolitan feel. Full
bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering.
Takeout available. Private luncheons by reservation any
day. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Tue-Fri, dinner 5-10 Tue-Sat,
4-10 Sun, closed Monday. Reservations suggested for dinner.
AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$$
510 Route 9P, Saratoga Springs, 584-6882, panzasrestaurant.com.
Distinctive Italian cuisine with a continental flair. Full
bar, banquets for all occasions, on- and off-premises catering.
Serving dinner 5-close Wed-Sun. Closed Mon-Tue. Reservations
suggested. AE, MC, V. $$$$
20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 456-8242. Intimate
chef-owned restaurant serving both Northern and Southern
Italian dishes by former Lombardo’s chef chef Raffaele Sainato.
Full bar, banquet facilities, on- and off-premises catering.
Takeout available. Serving lunch 11:30-2:30 Mon-Fri, dinner
4-9 Mon-Thu, 4-10 Fri-Sat, 4-8 Sun. Reservations suggested.
AE, D, MC, V. $$$
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, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $$$
Vico Restaurant & Bar
136 Warren St., Hudson, 828-6529. Tuscan-inspired dining,
the legacy of chef-owner Mark Ganem’s time in Italy. The
result: items like fettuccine Botticelli, topped with a
cream sauce, porcini mushrooms, asparagus and edible flowers,
so it really does look like a work of art. Other items in
the changing menu could include grilled rosemary-crusted
lamb and preparations of tuna, chicken and duck. Warm ambiance,
two working fireplaces, excellent pasta and a killer bistecca
Fiorentina. Full bar. Serving lunch noon-5 Sat-Sun;
dinner 5-9:30 Mon, Thu, Sun, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Sunday brunch
12-3. AE, MC, V. $$$
The Wheat Fields
440 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-0534, 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. $$$