"Local" is more than just a buzzword at Ernesto's?it's the bedrock on which they run their business. All of their ingredients?whether they're the crisp vegetables for the pressed paninis or the basil for the margarita pizzas?hail from a local source. These and other ingredients compliment their fresh Italian dishes with sizzling appetizers, golden fried wings, and homemade desserts, such as cannoli, cheesecake, and fried Oreos. And their experienced staff still prepares its own sausage and mozzarella, making this family-owned and operated business a staple in the area since 1949.
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.
The sauce-slingers at I Love NY Pizza spin dough for pies heaped with classic toppings, such as olives, garlic, and eggplant. Sausage- and pepperoni-studded pizzas decorate mouths with more panache than a diamond-encrusted tongue ring and vegetables such as spinach and broccoli add verdancy to sprawling pie fields. A large tossed salad crunches between teeth, and soda quenches thirst as dining companions pull apart cheesy slices. Meanwhile, a quartet of patrons settles down to two eight-cut pies after munching on an appetizer of mozzarella sticks. Free WiFi lets laptop-toting groups type to each other when their mouths are full, preserving table manners the way mothers always intended.