Cafe Capriccio
Cafe Capriccio

Cafe Capriccio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecapriccio.com/
  • Phone: 5184650439
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Nick Gulbrandsen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: On premise catering only. We have elegant accommodations for small groups, up to 16 in our Chef's Table, and for groups up to 40 in our Tuscan Room.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Cafe has two wonderful private dining rooms for private events. Our Chef's Table, located on the second floor above the main restauant, can hold parties of 10-17 and is an intimate open kitchen concept room where the chef cooks in front of your guests. The room also features a private entrance and private bathrooms just for this room. Our Tuscan Room is our large private dining room that can hold parties from 16-40 guests and features a Tuscan inspired classic private room with private entrance and bathrooms. Both private rooms have wireless internet, screens and private staff. Our rooms regularly host business events and speaker presentations as well as family event, birthdays, anniversaries as well as couples dinners with friends.
  • Entertainment: Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.
  • Special Events: We offer frequent special events, such as wine dinners, holiday regional chef's meals etc as described on our web site.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available without charge at the OGS State parking lot at the corner of Hamilton and Grand Street to the right of the restaurant on Grand Street.
A word from Cafe Capriccio
Cafe Cariccio, the region's only authentic Tuscan restaurant, has been a favorite dining destination in Albany for 30 years. The Cafe was voted Best Restaurant in the Capital District by Metroland Magazine for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and many times previously. Jim Rua and Franco Rua are proprietors. The Cafe is open for dinner every night. See our web site for details and photos.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Cafe Capriccio reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)special occasion (55)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (48)notable wine list (25)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Our Newest Favorite Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My husband and I decided to try Cafe Capriccio when we had tickets to a show at The Egg Performing Arts Center about 4 blocks from the restaurant, and we are so glad we did. The main attractions are the outstanding food, and highly professional and attentive staff. The venue itself is charming enough (you enter down a few steps off street level in a diverse area of the capitol city) but we go for the dining experience. The staff helps each other out, so if your main wait person is busy at another table and a different one notices you need another glass of wine, you are taken care of. Each wait person has a thorough knowledge of how each dish is prepared and can help you make the best choice off the menu. Truly a "Neighborhood Gem".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Capriccio, agin'
    ZenaGOF
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is one of those special, cozy places that feels rich but isn't at all pretentious. The food is outstanding and so is the service. Some of the nicest little pizzas I've ever had, anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a tad long to get a drink.
    Brinemaster
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I prefer to be asked for my drink first thing before water is filled. thats just me. My guests were not as impatient as me Amazing squid ink dish, excellent oso buco pork shank the wine the the red wine reduction was incredible. Sauted Escarole spot on, wone find any done better anywhere, and the Tiramisu. Just a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mary Ann Serian
    skyprincess1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Cafe Capriccio has always been a great find. i love the eggplant dish they have there-never disappoints. The waiters are very professional and wine choices very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good and nice
    dakjunkie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The service was impeccable. Looked like three wait staff took care of the whole restaurant, but all three helped out at our table. They had useful reccomendations, ever so gracious, and seemed to make any serving alterations seem effortless. One of our dinners couldn't decide between two pastas, so it was suggested that she have a small serving of each saying, "have your cake and eat it too". It was very nice, but their idea of small plates seemed very generous. It was not at all crowded at 7:30pm midweek, so that may be why the entree's came out so quickly. We all speculated as to why that may be, but it was a bit of a shock raising questions about whether the meals were cooked to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    Buffaloon
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There are very few places I would drive 300 miles to visit, and this is one. Great food and service, comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were a party of 5 with very mixed tastes in food yet everyone found a dish and appetizer that suited them. The food was well prepared and presented and tasted wonderful! The waitstaff were extremely attentive. They explained all the dishes and answered any questions we had and made our dinner enjoyable. The dessert was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    MoonOverMario
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Cafe Capriccio was the perfect choice for our 25th anniversary dinner. Fairly quiet on a Tuesday evening. The food was simply awesome, from appetizers to dessert. Menu changes often and current menu features many outstanding choices. The Calamari Neri is truly outstanding. The wait staff are great with all pitching in to ensure that every need is taken care of quickly and efficiently without ever feeling rushed or intrusive. Looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We ordered the special ravioli in a pink sauce, duck confit risotto, fig pizza, eggplant, and a bolognese ...All excellent with the red sauce on the eggplant being my favorite!!! our waiter was great and he picked a great bottle of wine for us..will return on my next trip to Albany
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Convenient Egg &Times Union Ctr.
    ktwolf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been to Cafe Capriccio twice now, once before a concert at the Egg, and the second time after an event at the Times Union Center. It's a perfect location... easy walking distance from each venue. More importantly, this is a gem of a restaurant. At first the decor seems a bit "stuffy", but it doesn't take long to feel cozy and at home. The staff is superb... attentive, knowledgeable and friendly - they exude a positive energy. And the food is AMAZING! We highly recommend Cafe Capriccio, and expect that we will return whenever we are attending events in Albany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Post CapRep Dinner
    PhotoRay
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good food, good service. An Albany classic. While not inexpensive, we thought it was a good value, i.e., we expected to pay even more than we did.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resting on their laurels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sorry to say this long standing Albany restaurant isn't making the grade any longer. Visited it many times over 20+ years and it feels like their phoning it in. Overcooked fish, dry duck, no follow-up from the waitstaff to inquire about the food and it wasn't a busy night. One has to wonder if they're simply trading on their name and memories of time gone by.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DisappointedinALB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Server never offered specials. Food was at best mediocre for the price charged expected more.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious food - gnocchi the best I have eaten. Eggplant parm fantastic. Great service- a real gem of a place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at Cafe Capriccio
    Margaret
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Another wonderful meal at Cafe Capriccio. The food was perfect and the service was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viking
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Cafe Capriccio is a great place for dinner...everything is fresh and homemade along with the service which was impeccable. The waitress was especially helpful in making recommendations and adjustments to our orders. All was served in a timely manner, not rushed. The atmosphere was quiet even with most tables filled. Loved the soft Italian background music...felt like we were in Italy. The shrimp and pasta dish and the ravoili with goat cheese and spinach were fabulous. The homemade berry pie with gelato was to die for. Will definitely recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful.
    TimTroy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I can never say enough about the food. The huge tie breaker here is the staff. They ALL work together! Imagine that! You typically have four people checking in on you. It's amazing how well they work together. They all are in this together and it is a wonderful experience. Parking may be a challenge. Suggest you call them at 518-465-0439 for suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    Cast
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you enjoy dining out with friends and family, you will appreciate Cafe Capriccio. The experience includes expertly prepared food, great presentation, a very nice wine list, and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've loved this great Italian restaurant for years. No simple "red sauce" fare, the food is complex and appealing. The salads were simple, but perfectly executed, the pasta the same. The entrees were excellent. We keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian Destination
    GaryTheKVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Over dinner, my wife and I agreed that venerable restaurants like Café Capriccio are what we love about travel - finding places that demonstrate a love for food and have a culture that infuses everything from the advice and energy of servers to the quality of ingredients. We sampled several pastas - all terrific - Capriccio knows how to use their San Marzanos. We live in NYC and were in Albany for just one night - but we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved my entire experience.
    luv2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food and service were exceptional. One of the best dining establishments in Albany if not the best. Congrats to the management, to the chefs and to the waitstaff! I loved it from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cafe Cappricio is one of the best restuarants in the Capitol District! Never disappoints !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Very Good
    Cooksout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Café Capriccio is our "go to" spot for nearly any occasion. If you want very good food and service with and experienced and welcoming staff along with a great atmosphere, this is a great choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavor all around the table
    Pushkin
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Delicate yet spicy warm vegetable antipasto was perfect! Thank you for a different delicious meatless choice! Puttanesca was made to order for our vegetarians and were perfect! Eggplant was sweet and sliced thinly so manageable . Servers were friendly and had excellent timing. Can't wait to return!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paradise Italiano
    GiuliaMario
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This place has excellent food, ambiance and service. The minute you walk in the door you are enticed by the wonderful aromas. The menu is filled with authentic Italian choices. Also, the service is fantastic. I always enjoy a night out here. It is one of the few gems left in a restaurant scene that is increasingly filled with mediocre chains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    JenM
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I picked Cafe Capriccio to celebrate our 9th anniversary and the staff made it beyond special. The food was amazing, my boyfriend loved the Pork Osso Buco, it melted off the bone. My eggplant was perfect with wonderful hints of gorgonzola cheese. We finished with chocolate flourless cake that seems to be from heaven, and a ricotta pie that my grandmother would have approved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have been going to cafe capreccio for decades and have always enjoyed the wonderfully creative and well preparedTuscan delights. This restaurant maintains it's cozy comfortable atmosphere which allows for great conversation with those in your party. The management is well executed by Jennifer who insures that all are well cared for in an efficient and detail focused manner A restaurant that is by far the best in Albany!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    goingout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful appetizers, pizza, and entree's. Very relaxed atmosphere and great help. Love it here
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place and a solid value.
    RandyfromNC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is the third time I have eaten at this restaurant. I swing that way when I go to the races at Saratoga. This is a solid restaurant with great food and reasonable prices. Every time I have eaten there I have left with the feeling that I really got my money's worth and the food was top shelf. Plus the atmosphere is really kinda nice too, even if the neighborhood looks a little sketchy. Have the eggplant with four cheeses. Good Lord that is good. Do yourself a favor and have dinner here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional in Every Way
    waitron
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Capriccio is a wonderful spot. From sparkling salad to savory pizza and uncommon appetizer ingredient pairings, everything was luscious! Service is attentive without being intrusive. Staff are well versed in menu offerings and wines and work together like a well oiled and loved machine. And our dessert was outstanding. What a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Warren123
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant offered interesting pairing of ingredients that made every bite from entree to dessert DELICIOUS! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates traditional Italian dining with unique twists! The service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Italian Dining
    RLMJLVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had an outstanding dining experience at Cafe Capriccio from the moment we entered to when we left. The team service was excellent. They were attentive without being intrusive or overbearing. Our starters, beans and greens and the eggplant with four cheeses, were well prepared and tasty. Our main entrees were also excellent, pork osso bucco and homemade pasta pomodore. The meal was complete with a fine panna cotta for dessert. Overall, it was a wonderful dinner that was well executed. We would highly recommend dining at Cafe Capriccio and put it down on your list of "a must go".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were staying in Albany for the night before going to Saratoga for the races on Sunday. Not being familiar with the area, we decided to give Cafe Capriccio a try after reading reviews here and on Trip Advisor. It may not be in the greatest neighborhood, but the food is top notch. One diner had a pizza and raved about it, another homemade pasta and another risotto with shrimp. We tried the house Pinot Noir from California which was delicious, and of course the Saratoga Springs sparkling water. Our server was knowledgeable about the wine list. Wish we had room for dessert, but the meal was just too good. No left overs for us!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Definitely when I pulled up I wanted to drive off because of the area. But once inside it was beautiful, charming, and fancy. A bit pricy, my entree was $38 alone. But I guess that's what you expect at such a nice place. Had a live trio band (piano, bass, guitar) playing near the bar separate from the dining area. Didn't deal with just one waiter which was a bit confusing since we didnt know who to call upon to ask for things. Nonetheless, I enjoyed myself but definitely will wait and save up to come back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food, too loud service ok
    D1672
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Café Capriccio's food is outstanding with fresh ingredients and great presentation. It could be romantic, but with a few large groups the noise level ruins the ambience. Perhaps they would consider putting large groups or couples with children near the bar room and keeping the other room solely for couples or groups of four. We were not welcomed as we entered, but were seated promptly at a lovely booth. Our waiter was not very friendly, did not discuss the wine list on the menu nor did he check how our entrees were. They work as a team and the other servers seemed much more friendly and professional. Despite a few issues, we would definitely return since the food is excellent and perhaps our waiter just needs some additional training.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Local
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had been wanting to try Cafe Capriccio for many years since it has acquired a reputation for excellent, authentic Italian cooking. It did not disappoint, everything from appetizer to dessert was tastefully prepared and reminded us of a meal in Tuscany. Servers are helpful, prompt, but not intrusive. I will be visiting again!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Romance before the show
    festivespirit
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Perfect for a nice dinner before a show at the Times Union Center. Authentic Tuscan bread. Fresh el dente pasta with fresh and flavorful sauces - we tried the sausage with tomato cream sauce and the pistachio and arugula pesto - both very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • One of Albany's Best!
    HighStandards
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Consistently excellent quality, delicious food. Impeccable, friendly service. Cafe Capriccio is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamOVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Italian in a row house right downtown Albany across the highway from the Times Union Center - they make their own pasta - a little limited on the vegetarian pastas. The one I thought I was getting as vegetarian had some sort of meat (seemed to be bacon). We had the ravioli of the day, which was really good - great red sauce. Huge salads. I went in through the chef's table upstairs - and it looked delicious - meat, roasted summer vegetables, homemade pasta, salad!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I joined my daughter and a friend for dinner before the Justin Timberlake concert. We have always enjoyed dining here and really looked forward to it. However we all agreed it was just OK. We were very disappointed and wonder what changed; maybe the chef since we've been there. Not sure. Our servers were very friendly and attentive. At least the JT concert didn't disappoint. He was truly amazing!!!
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