Cafe Capriccio tops with some of the best Italian in the Capital Region
Ever since moving Upstate, I’ve been scoping out local Italian restaurants. I’ve found plenty of delicious little gems in the area, and even some popular well-known restaurants. Ultimately, I was looking for something that reminded me of home.
Growing up in an Italian family, every birthday, holiday, etc. consisted of various Italian foods and places. I’ve had my fair share. What always stuck out the most was the ambiance. The old school, wood grain, dark, “like your grandmas” Italian restaurants always scored an extra point in my book. My family would always go to Mulberry Street in NYC and always steered towards the smaller, less recognized restaurants. And I can tell you, they always had the best food.
Last night, my fiancé and I decided to make a reservation at Cafe Capriccio in Albany. I’ve heard only great things about the restaurant, family, and employees. It’s tucked away, sort of hidden on a small strip of housing on Grand St. The dining room lays on the ground floor, which gives it these awesome “speak-easy” and old school Italian restaurant vibes I’ve been looking for. We were immediately greeted and sat within walking in.
To start, I ordered the House Pinot, which was absolutely fabulous. The bread was soft, crusty, hearty and delicious. The house olive oil on the table and balsamic were the perfect pairing for the bread. We might’ve ate the whole entire half loaf and easily eaten another one. Our appetizer was the sea scallop ceviche. This is something I’ve never had. Classic Mexican style ceviche with lots of lime and cilantro, yes… sea scallop ceviche with a citrus fennel slaw, red pepper, arugula, and onion, it was a first. I loved it. The peppery arugula was perfect with the delicate sweet scallop. The pepper and onion balanced out the citrus and fennel perfectly. I absolutely loved it.
The main star by far though, was my entree. I ordered the Sliced Steak served over Gorgonzola and arugula gnocchi. Topped with sautéed mushrooms and balsamic reduction. It was absolutely amazing. The steak was cooked a perfect medium rare, the gorgonzola cream sauce was delicious, and the gnocchi was clearly fresh made. My fiancé ordered the lump crab risotto and loved it as well. I ordered a second glass of wine, this time a cab and it was great. A perfect pair with the sliced steak entree.
To finish off the night, we had the cold brew coffee gelato and tiramisu. They both hit the spot and were great. From the attentive and friendly staff, to the food, and packed restaurant on a Monday night, I just wanted to shoutout this gem. Thank you for the hospitality and a delicious meal.