I moved to Southern California three years ago and thought I would post a few places that I miss oh so much...If you get anywhere near Schenectady I urge you to check these places out:
Perecca's - Small Italian store in downtown Schenectady - the best bread, crispy outside, soft and just the right chewiness inside, and a smell to die for. We've actually had it shipped to us here in So Cal.
Get the bread, and try the pizza. There used to be a bakery next door, also, that made this amazing crispy cheeseless pizza,(which for some reason we called Vita Rich Pizza) but it closed a few years ago. Perecca's pizza is pretty damn close.
DiCocco's luncheonette, when it's open, is around the corner from Perecca's and has some great breakfast and lunches. Nice, old school feeling to the place.
Ralph's on Central Ave. is in Colonie(close to Schenectady)and they have great wings.
They also make a mean chicken Picatta but only have it on some Saturday nights.
We have also had these shipped out here on dry ice.
Homestyle Pizzaria on Union Street in Schenectady has great eggplant parm, usually I'd get a dinner order and buy a sub roll for it, and, well, you can figure it out.
They have loads of subs, personally love the tuna,hot roast beef cheddar, and the classic Italian Sub.
They just moved or are in the process of moving, so you may be able to eat in as opposed to the old take-out and delivery only. I miss this place, but my waistline doesn't.
Hiro's Japanese on Central Ave. holds it's own even when compared to the sushi places in Cali - it was my first taste of the stuff, and from what I remember, was pretty great. The hibachi tables are always fun.
If you're in the mood for deli, Gershon's on Union St. is the place to go. I wake up in a sweat sometimes when I realize how far away I am from their tuna-noodle ring salad, and their meat, pickles, and everything else just tastes wonderful. Their roast beef is rare, their turkey is dry, but ooh that's the way, uh-huh uh-huh I like it.
So I hope this is helpful to anyone traveling through this area. And as we say in my family, MANGIA !