This was my first visit. Walking in was quite a surprise as I did not know what to expect from the outside.
Instead of finding an "Italian" chef or family chef in the open kitchen, there was a local young man in a chefs hat. The waiters were in nice pressed uniforms a bit nicer than I would have expected from the look of the restaurant. Not that the restaurant looked bad at all. It had a nostalgic feel. The wait staff seemed very professional.
Unfortunately the wait staff was the best part of the restaurant followed by the restaurant and then the beers. The food unfortunately came in last. Not that it was bad, but it just did not stand up to the rest of the restaurant.
The wine list was loaded with California wines, but there were a couple hidden nicer foreign wines. I think there were two Italian wines only. I was very excited to find the Birra Moretti La Rossa and ordered one.
I had a taste for an Italian steak sub, so I ordered on. I was told they used provolone cheese. They do not put lettuce and tomato on theirs and you must ask for it. I do not believe they used provolone cheese though, and it tasted like a bad white American. I was enjoying the beer and my company and the atmosphere too much to complain. I ordered grilled onions on it also. The steak was good, and the roll was good. I was just that the cheese and quality of the grilled onions let me down. This is totally unacceptable and suggests a lack of attention by the owners.
My friend had the loaded pizza. I did not try it. He is big guy but was only able to finish one piece over half of the 15 inch. I noticed him always shaking peppers on it.
Overall I enjoyed the experience the wait staff and the beer. Closing at 9PM on a week night was a bit unusual, but this is the deep South. We were there until 9:30 eating and were never rushed, but were not the last to leave. I'll be back to try more things, but I wont accept mediocre food and I will voice my concerns when I order next time. The bottom line is it appears this is the only game in town for Italian, so when in Albany and you want Italian, you will eventually end up here. Don't expect the world and come for an enjoyable evening with some friends.
By the way, the menu included basic Italian fare including such favorites as chicken and veal parmigiana, and various basic pastas among other simple Italian choices.