After several recommendations from friends and co-workers, I finally had the opportunity to dine at Caffe Italia. In short, it was quite possibly the best Italian meal I've ever had and certainly the best in Albany and without a doubt in my top 3 in the Capital District.
Service was top notch and nearly flawless and very accommodating, as they were willing to modify two of our entree orders, to our liking.
I ordered the special of the night Asparagus Appetizer, which was roasted asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, and finished with a butter garlic wine sauce. Very flavorful and cooked perfectly with the proper portion size. A dining companion of mine ordered the special-of-the-night soup, which was roasted red pepper puree with croutons and allowed me to taste. I wish I had ordered it as it was one of the best soups I've had this wintertime. I failed to get pictures for either of the starters, but would personally order both again when I return.
Each entree comes with a house salad which was served on a chilled plate. A nice touch and the salad was very fresh and dressed well, with the choice of gorgonzola dressing with gorgonzola shavings for an additional charge.
The entrees got smiles and thumbs up from all four of us. One ordered the Mussels special which came with an unbeatable pile of mussels, served prepared with your choice of red or white sauce. Another ordered the Veal Rollatini which was executed perfectly and tasted heavenly. Still another ordered the Chicken Sorrento, which had a portion size so big it was 3 meals and tasted great and cooked just right. Lastly, I opted for Veal Mateo. This isn't on the menu, but the Chicken Mateo was the special of the night, so I asked if I could have them make the switch. A "certainly and a smile" was the answer for that request. Our server also let me know that meal could always be ordered.
Parking is a breeze and free. The atmosphere is a small dining room size, making the meal and atmosphere feel cozy, along with nice table linens. However, due to the number of tables in the dining room and the popularity, I recommend reservations, as all tables were filled the night I dined there.
Caffe Italia is located at 662 Central Ave, Albany, NY and their phone number is (518) 459-8029, for reservations.
Menu Here: http://www.allmenus.com/ny/albany/29986-caffe-italia/menu/ See you there!
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