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Caffe Italia

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Italian, Californian
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662 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-1645
518-459-8029
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Food in a Great Setting

I'm a sucker for Italian food and this might be the best I've ever had. It's definitely on par with if not better than anything I've had in Boston's North End and definitely better than anything else I've had in the Capital District.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
acrosschicky
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

I'm a sucker for Italian food and this might be the best I've ever had. It's definitely on par with if not better than anything I've had in Boston's North End and definitely better than anything else I've had in the Capital District.

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new york
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We just celebrated a big anniversary at Caffe Italia and, as usual, were absolutely blown away by how delicious everything was. From the moment you walk into the restaurant you feel like you've walked into Little Italy. The service is friendly and professional. I don't know if this is a family run business or not, but it certainly feels that... More 

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Pittsford, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

First time eating at Caffe Italian. It won't be my last. Went with a few coworkers and we all reaver about the quality and consistency. The bread was crusty yet soft on the inside. It was served with balsamic and oil with seasoning. We ordered Calamari for the appetizer and it was seasoned and breaded perfectly. I ordered the seafood... More 

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Rensselaer, New York, United States
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126 reviews 126 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

It may be a small seating area, but for a Wed. night it was packed and people waiting. The food is outstanding. The dinner began with a malbec from Argentina followed by a house salad dress in a tomato/basil vinegairette. The main course was Linguini with Fra Diavolo with Shrimp. The dish was just spicy enough not to be overpowering.... More 

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Albany, New York, Usa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The shrimp dishes are spectacular with their sauces. This restaurant can be difficult to get in so I recommend reservations. It has the atmosphere of a NYC cafe. I have never had a meal short of excellent here. You can expect excellent service to go along with your meal. Do yourself a favor, take a break from the Italian chain... More 

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Albany, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is run by transplants from NYC. My wife is originally from NYC and I from Boston and it's tough to find good food in the Capital Region. This is a consistent favorite of ours and several friends. The atmosphere is classic NYC neighborhood restaurant, which the deco is dated, but the food and service make up for it.... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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94 reviews 94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Caffe Italia was the best meal I had during a visit to Albany on business. The space is small and was crowded the night we visited, so I would recommend making reservations. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Everything we tried was very good. Portions are sizable and the ingredients were fresh. The atmosphere is friendly and social. Many of the... More 

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On the road again
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392 reviews 392 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Ate here with a longtime friend of 45 years and the food was excellent. It is just a little hole in the wall joint but the service is quite good (Jimmy the waiter), bread was good and hot, and the gnocchi was not overcooked. It really rates a 4.5 but there is no way to do that. The place is... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My wife likes to go here on special occasions and they haven't disappointed yet. Our server was Michael and we was again very good. Our meals were both very good as well. It's pricey so we can't go too often but the food and service is always on point. I'd recommend to family and friends.

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Albany, New York
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8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We had our best dinner here yet (kind of hard to imagine that it could have possibly gotten any better) to ring in New Years Eve. We had an early reservation at 5:30 and the restaurant was lively and full. It wasn't too noisy, nor do I think it ever has been so for a date. We were seated this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 662 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206-1645
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Albany
  • Phone Number: 518-459-8029

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?