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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
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    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
Classic Italian Food and Service

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Deborah L
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Rensselaer, New York, United States
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rensselaer, New York, United States
Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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345 reviews 345 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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Slingerlands, NY
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I have heard about this place cor years but had never been. I have been missing out because this truly may have been the best meal I have had in Albany! Absolutely incredible food and I cant wait to go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The best Italian food outside of Italy itself! Great atmosphere and the waitstaff is very attentive! If I could I'd eat there every week I would!

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Albany, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

No frills dining room, but superlative service and food. Great wine choices. Totally a neighborhood gem, if I lived nearby I would eat there once a week. Our first visit, the servers treated us so congenially and the attention to our table was perfect. We both had fish dishes that were heavenly. Not enough room for dessert, but it sure... 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 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?