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About 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.
Albany, NY 12207
Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.
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.
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We offer frequent special events, such as wine dinners, holiday regional chef's meals etc as described on our web site.
Cafe Capriccio Ratings and Reviews
Food was excellent, second time dining at Cafe Capriccio and have to say the first time was no fluke. Still so good, the specials are amazing both times.
My girlfriend got the lamb dish, in which it just melted as she put it in her mouth it was so tender.
Together we shared the ravioli special and a fig and goat cheese salad. We wiped both plates clean.
I got the Risotto special with seafood in it. Usually when this comes the calamari is in too big of pieces to enjoy, but here they used the smallest calamari I’ve ever seen. Waiters/waitresses cared about every table, not just the ones assigned to. The manager came around and made sure everything was okay.
Have to say, next special occasion we will be back.
The four of us made rendezvous on a Sunday night before a concert at The Egg, just up the street. What a nice surprise it was to find Emma from 'Lark & Lily' (Wine Bar on Lark Street) now serving here! A reservation is recommended, as we arrived early and watched the place nearly fill up, on an otherwise unremarkable evening. Service is efficient, but never pushy, so be prepared for a two-hour meal. Take your time and enjoy soups or salads, half- or full-portion entrées, and of course dessert. Multiple staff will cover the table, ensuring that water glasses are filled and that dishes are removed. Café Capriccio is really a lovely little establishment, even if parking on narrow streets is a challenge. Highly recommended!
The perfect place for a romantic dinner. My lady and I had the wild salmon over a bed of saffron risotto that was nothing short of outstanding. If you can believe it, I found the service to be quicker than I had hoped for (especially since I had requested the kitchen to take their time with the food). But outside of that very minor inconvenience, it was a great culinary experience and I highly recommend Café Cappricio to all!
There were four diners and each selected a different dish. Everyone was happy with their choice! The risotto is always out of this world . Authentic tastes of Italy. Never disappoints.
I wish dessert weren’t quite so pricey- bread pudding with gelato was $11.50. Two desserts and 4 cappuccinos set us back $40!
Fish special turned me off when they put tomatoes on fish - not good.
The pasta with sausage was good except the paring of cheese wasn't to my liking
The ravioli's were fantastic. The atmosphere leaves much to be desired in
a dump of a neighborhood .
I won't be going back.
This little gem is not at all new to us. We've been coming here for years, although not enough.
The cuisine is superb; the service is top rate and Jim Rua owns the best Italian Restaurant within
a 100 mile radius of the Capital District. We'll be coming back more often, fer sure, fer sure. Thanx for a very special evening to the chef (s) and the wait staff.
It was our first time there. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.The food was exceptional, the wait staff very attentive, knowledgeable, courteous. The menu was a perfect size, not overwhelming with selections. Portions were very generous, ingredients very fresh, high end quality.
Capriccio should be in NYC somewhere in the 20's where the restaurant is tiny, cosy, downstairs and seems just right. The staff is friendly, offer excellent service, have been there a long time and know the menu, the drinks, and are good advisors, and never overbearing The food is well prepared, and tasty. Not oversauced. Wine choices are good, but not great. That might be the only place where one would look for improvement. The mixed drinks are excellent. In Albany it is tough to do better.
Vodka martini was generous and delicious. Roasted potatoes out of this world. Tuscan chicken very good but a tad too lemony. Greenbeans were crunchy just the way I like them but they had absolutely no flavor. I would serve them in-season only. Broccoli or cauliflower would have been perfect. The coffee was very good. The bread pudding I could not eat..........WAY too much chocolate sauce.
Café Capriccio is a neighborhood gem. It's located adjacent to the Times Herald Arena and as such is a terrific place to dine when attending an event. That said, it would be terrific if located anywhere. The ambience is excellent, the service top-notch, and the menu is loaded with outstanding Italian dishes. This may well be the best restaurant in Albany and especially so for special occasions.
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