The Villa Tuscan Grille's owners Peter and Christina Guidarelli believe in a simple, unhurried approach to restaurant service—before dinner, they encourage guests to enjoy conversation over some house-baked bread and dipping oil. Executive chef Danny and the kitchen staff apply the same unhurried approach to cuisine: they slow-cook their tomato sauces for up to 18 hours and travel back in time to plant the seeds for those tomatoes. In addition to the sauce, Chef Danny prepares Italian classics such as housemade cavatelli and fettuccini topped with chicken or shrimp, hand-cut Black Angus steaks, and fresh-dough pizzas topped with ingredients such as meatballs, broccoli, and ricotta.
There’s a simple, casual atmosphere here; booths are framed by curtains and hanging lamps. In warm weather, feel free to dine on an outdoor patio. The Villa Tuscan Grille also commits to the community: the kitchen uses ravioli and stuffed shells from Pede Bros., and the dining space hosts weekly events such as live music from area bands.
For almost 40 years, family-owned Siver Hills has produced superior food amid the scenic fairways of Pinehaven Country Club. The dinner menu trots around the globe collecting piquant preparations including a selection of soups, salads, sushi, and hearty entrees listed with their proper wine pairings. Appetizers such as the imported prosciutto-wrapped butternut squash bask in the Mediterranean sun ($7) and the spicy lobster-tempura sushi roll practices sumo with truculent taste buds ($13).
New York style deli/restaurant featuring over stuffed sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Great burgers and a nice selection of desserts, including homemade rice and bread puddings. Nightly dinner specials. Off premises catering for all occasions.
No matter how hard he tried, Kevin Brown couldn't shake the chef's hat. After years of working in restaurants and hotels throughout Connecticut and New York, he finally decided to leave the kitchen for good in exchange for a family-friendly job at GE. Once he retired, though, the siren song of the professional kitchen beckoned to him again, and he purchased a Cajun catering company. In no time, Kevin Brown was back in the kitchen at Café NOLA, which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana.
As both the chef and owner, Kevin devises a menu that spotlights the distinct blends of herbs and spices that characterize Cajun food. As a result, the kitchen churns out alligator bites, crawfish nachos, and crab cakes, as well as sandwiches with a Southern influence, such as the NOLA club and a grilled portobello sandwich. Honey-stung fried chicken served with cornbread makes stomachs grumble from across the room, and étouffée, a house specialty, sails out to guests accompanied by dirty rice. The beignets aren't the only sweet thing around the place—live entertainment occurs up to five evenings a week, running the gamut from tarot-card readings to zydeco music.
Located on the glistening shores of the Mohawk River, just over the bridge to Schenectady, The Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant allows patrons to partake in its waterfront ambiance year-round. Amidst the warmth, charm, and relaxing fire-side dining options, the restaurant has become a favorite with Capital District patrons for nearly a decade, earning praise from publications such as Metroland and Capital Regional Living Magazine for having some of the best dining around.
Apart from the view, what has wooed customers are tempting options such as fresh seafood and steaks, in addition to a variety of daily food and drink specials to please the most discerning pallets. These dishes feel right at home in the restaurant's elegant dining room or, on warmer days, on the outdoor patio that overlooks the river and the boats moored to the docks.
Starting at 8 a.m., Marcella's Family Restaurant opens its doors for a breakfast service that features fried eggs, sides of bacon, and pancakes straight from the griddle. As the day progresses, the kitchen leans more on its Italian roots, preparing baked ziti, veggie pizzas, and chicken parmigiana. Elsewhere on the menu, customers can find American favorites including subs, wraps, and burgers.