I went to Schenectady's Little Italy on Jay Street today. What a difference from my last visit many years ago!
Cornell's has moved from Van Vranken (where it was when I last ate there many years ago) to Jay. There is ample parking and outdoor seating. Jay Street (Schenectady), Lark Street (Albany), Broadway (Saratoga) - these are Capital Region gems and remind me of NYC's neighborhoods.
Now on to the food. I stopped by Perreca's. There are a few cafe tables outside. Looked around bought a slice of pizza and some peppery taralle. Pizza was square and thick with a flavorful sauce. I have only found pizza like this in Rotterdam. Still need to venture to Troy. Peaked in Cornell's window. Must go back for dinner. Went to Civitello's. Like Perreca's their cannolis were pre-filled. Too humid for canoli anyhow. Had a hazlenut gelato. Delicious. I liked their gelato better than Eugene's and Villa Italia's. I've been craving fig gelato and no one seems to make it. Must go back and try Civitello's pignolia cookies.
Wish Cappiello Dairy and Capri were on Jay. I guess folks from Rotterdam might not want to go downtown and it could hurt their businesses. Perreca's and Civitello's might have more competition. Though all four stores have slightly different products.
Tried to find a restaurant near Union College I went to with an old BF years ago. Thought it was on Barrett. Maybe it was Luigi's? It was small, had no ambiance, excellent Italian food, value priced.
Schenectady's Italian Festival on September 12th:
An article about Schenectady's Little Italy, restaurants and plans for the future: