V & R Italian Ristorante nestles visitors in a quiet, low-key atmosphere, provisioning them with feasts of hearty Italian American baked pastas and steaks, as well as delicate seafood plates and colorful leaves of broccoli raab. Like Garibaldi's celebratory pizza party after the Capture of Rome, the bill of fare unites northern and southern Italy through the medium of food, serving dulcet slices of tiramisu along with southern specialties, such as a spicy penne alla arrabbiata. Seafood dishes feature prominently on the menu, with shrimp swimming in piquant fra diavolo sauce, and scallops soaking up a rich white-wine-and-butter concoction. Beef ribs and broiled pork chops satisfy carnivorous cravings with tender, juicy flavor and texture.
Soho Pizza’s menu allows diners to create their own pizza-topping ensemble or summon a prearranged gourmet food disc. The teriyaki chicken pizza is a mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce dojo in which teriyaki chicken breast senseis train with green-belt green peppers, white-belt mushrooms, and translucent-belt onions ($13.99 for a medium). Non-saucer noshings include ziti, ravioli, and stuffed shells ($6.49 and up), boneless and buffalo wings ($7.99 per dozen), hot subs with al dente pasta sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, and crisp, cool sandwiches. Soho's Pizza spins saucy LPs out of its record playing brick oven until 2 a.m. 364 days a year.
Locally owned Lou-Bea Pizza punches taste buds' passports for a flavorful Italian trip bolstered by an itinerary of eats populated with pizzas and toasty sandwiches. Begin the savory sojourn with a thin crust pie ($8+) prepared with homemade dough and buried like delicious archaeological debris under a hodgepodge of selected toppings ($1.30+ each), including meatballs, broccoli, and bacon. Diners can unpack sandwich cravings with a crusty calzone ($7+) and a steak or pepperoni sub with red sauce and gooey mozzarella ($6.50 each). More than 15 gourmet pies, such as the shrimp scampi ($11.25+) and barbecue chicken ($11.25+), trip epicurean lights fantastic, and a couple dozen wings covered in butter garlic, Cajun, or one of five other glazes place a "no vacancy" sign on belly motels ($13), keeping out rough trade that just wants to pillage the spleen's mini-fridge.
At Pizzalo, patrons pick up pizza, subs, and calzones for Italian-inspired dining. Wings dressed in barbecue sauce or glazed with honey-mustard ($6.99 for 12) compete with fried, breaded ravioli ($4.99) to perform an opening act for taste buds. Classic pizza toppings scatter over eight-cut and ten-cut pies ($11.99+), and the specialty Mexican pie ($14.99+) jazzes things up with salsa, ground beef, and olives. The culinary engineers adorn the Meat Works pie ($17.99+) with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs to catch the eyes of carnivores who only see in the ultraviolet and protein spectrums. Pizzalo also designs non-circular edibles in the form of cold and hot subs ($4.99) and entrees such as baked ziti ($7.99).
Since 1903, The Orchard Tavern has been hindering hunger pains with a menu of classic sandwiches, salads, burgers, hearty dinners, and more. Protein gobblers or confused vegetarians can order up the meat-lovers pizza, a fresh dough sphere topped with cheese and a conglomerate of sausage, pepperoni, bacon, meatballs, and ham ($12.29). Those ordering for their brontosaurus sidekicks can sample the caesar salad filled with crisp romaine lettuce, onions, croutons, and parmesan cheese ($7.29). With its family-oriented atmosphere, warming fireplace, and historical Albany tradition, The Orchard Tavern is perfect for a hearty dinner with friends or as a warming refuge from an unexpected June blizzard.