Italian Restaurants in Watervliet

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A lot can happen over the course of 55 years. People come and go, babies are hatched, and kids grow up. But some things never change, things like the family recipes used at Valente’s Restaurant. The Valentes opened the eatery back in 1958, and since then, have been serving many of the same dishes Nadine Valente created in Italy all those years ago.

The menu features a wide variety of familiar Italian classics, from veal cacciatore to fettucine carbonara, all served alongside grilled-to-order steaks, chops, and fresh seafood. It also features the more recently invented Three Little Pigs mac ’n’ cheese, which coats noodles, Italian ham, bacon, and salami in a creamy cheese sauce. This award-winning favorite is now available frozen at Price Chopper Supermarkets and other local stores.

315 8th St.
Watervliet,
NY
US

Even as a child, Justin Engineri loved cooking for his family and friends. His passion never waned, and after graduating from culinary school in 2001, he mastered his craft at restaurants in Providence, Rhode Island, and Albany, New York. Now, as Portofino's executive chef, he continues to prepare Sicilian and Mediterranean dishes according to age-old traditions. His arsenal of pastas cooked al dente includes homemade pappardelle and linguine, angel hair, and gluten-free noodles, which he tops with ingredients such as house pomodoro sauce and local cheese. Along with heaping pasta courses, Portofino's entrees range from caramelized scallops to a signature veal rub served with roasted trumpet mushrooms, which grow only in the dark, cool practice spaces of area jazz bands.

831 New Loudon Road
Latham,
NY
US