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Via Fresca fills its takeout and dine-in menu and its gourmet market's case of take-home eats with imported meats and cheeses, fresh pasta and pastries, antipasti, and sandwiches. Stop by the eatery to sit down for supper, pick up a grilled panini on your way to work, or arrange for Via Fresca to cater your next mozzarella fan-club meeting with a platter of gourmet grub. Freshly harvested cheese ravioli makes a delectable entree ($12.99), and lunch or dinner's spinach-and-gorgonzola salad ($7.99) is bejeweled with scarlet-hued dried cherries and cranberries before it's speckled with walnuts and drizzled with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Those cold from digging for baseball cards preserved in a freezer can warm up with a toasty panini served on crusty artisanal ciabatta bread, such as the prosciutto-and-provolone sandwich ($8.59). As a tasty culinary epilogue, freshly baked pastries and biscotti ($11.99/lb.) await dessert devotees.
Via Fresca takes its name form the Italian word for “fresh,” and a commitment to fresh ingredients can be found in every dish the gourmet Italian market and eatery serves. Tender circles of fresh mozzarella pair with tomatoes on cold sandwiches, and freshly sliced Boar’s Head meats line paninis on artisanal ciabatta bread baked in house. Inside the cozy dining area, glass display cases sport specialty desserts such as tiramisu, flourless chocolate cakes, and coconut macaroons. Patrons may opt to dig into housemade crab cakes on the outdoor patio, order meals to serve families back home, or cater special events such as 6-foot-sub-eating contests.
1666 Western Ave.
Albany, New York 12203