Ancient Rome became famous for its peaceful conquests after feeding its enemies rich sauces and crusty bread until their appetites for war were completely spoiled. Reenact Caesar's freshly baked tactics with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Petta's Restaurant in Schenectady.
Since 1951, three generations of the Petta family have cut steaks, baked fresh bread, and simmered family recipe sauces in the Petta's Restaurant kitchen. Petta's menu overflows with thick tomatoey classics such as baked lasagna ($12.95) and eggplant parmigiana ($14.95). Named for a member of the Petta clan, the veal cutlet Michael buries itself under a blanket of roasted peppers, mozzarella, and garlic butter ($18.95), and imbues eaters with the psychic ability to see Michael's dreams about gondolas made of mozzarella. Pork chops and steaks age gracefully in the eatery's kitchen, and the 8-ounce broiled filet mignon slips into a burgundy-mushroom sauce before appearing alongside a choice of pasta, potato, or vegetable ($24.95). Seafood dishes abound, including wild Alaskan keta salmon broiled or blackened to patrons' preferences ($17.95).
White linen and candles conjure a classic Italian motif, which guests can navigate via the elegant dining room's spacious canals.
Petta's Italian Restaurant
Felix Petta and his wife Caroline opened Petta's Kitchen in 1951. Today, the Petta grandchildren oversee the restaurant, which now goes by Petta's Italian Restaurant. Despite the name change, Petta's continues to specialize in homemade Italian cuisine. The bread, soups, desserts, blue-cheese dressing, meatballs, and lasagna, among other items, are all made in-house. On top of that, the chefs age their own steaks and pound their own veal cutlets into pieces that are thin enough to fit in the food copier.
134 Duane Ave.
Schenectady, New York 12307Get Directions