Well…I might be biased, but my favorite is the Cafe Capriccio located in Downtown Albany at 49  Grand St.  METROLAND named it the CAPITAL REGION’S BEST RESTAURANT OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS!  It’s right next to a huge parking lot that you can use in the evening…no parking hassles!

Booths at the Cafe's Bar

Link to Cafe Capriccio Website

My cousin Jimmy, founder of Cafe Capriccio, is celebrating another page in his 30+ year restaurant experience…turning over the Cafe’s kitchen to his son, Franco.  Franco’s culinary brilliance shines through in many new dishes…but my favorite is Pork Catalan…a boneless, large pork chop that is smoked on a grill before being drizzled with Franco’s own Catalan sauce, ROMESCO…a blend of Spanish peppers and spices…most unique pork chop I’ve ever had!

During the entire month of  July, Jimmy is offering a very spectacular “Friends and Family” special.  Bring a copy of this invitation to the Cafe and Jimmy and Franco will provide a FREE bottle of their favorite Chianti with every dinner for two.

On Friday nights, Walt Dunnaruma and his trio usually can be found in the bar area playing jazz from 8 till closing with his daughter Julia beautifully singing soulful jazz tunes.

Dress is casual…if going after work and you have a suit on…no sweat…if you have jeans on…that’s OK too…this is a white tablecloth restaurant in Downtown Albany which prides itself on friendly, prompt table service, but without any snootiness.  Please make a reservation if you go by calling 518-465-0439.  Mention the  “Cafe’s Friends and Family July Free Chianti offer”.  The address is 49 Grand St. between Madison Ave. and the Times Union Arena.

P.S.  The Chianti Jimmy and Franco are offering has become our own “house” wine.  It’s simply the best Chianti I’ve tried.  Mangia!

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