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John Riccitello Restaurant

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1687 Foster Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308-1818
+1 518-374-1574
Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Wed - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Galway, Ireland
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I went here with friends, one of which lived nearby in Albany. The restaurant was so different to anything I had experienced before, it was behind the owners house in a very quiet residential area! The atmosphere was a little strange, almost everyone there was elderly and local and said hello to every person who came in, this might not... More 

Thank Jane K
Schenectady, NY
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

It's not much on anviance..... But the food is spot on!! But coming here since Mary ( original owner, her son now runs it) was here! Louis runs it just like his mom would!! The food is awesome..... Homemade Italian at its best!

Thank KathyinNY
Glenville, New York
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140 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

This restaurant serves good, homestyle Italian food. On my visit, I was thrilled when I saw fried zucchini flowers on the the "Specials" menu. They were absolutely heavenly. My ziti, with eggplant parmesan, was also delicious. The menu offers a good variety, and the atmosphere, happily so, is from another time. I'm glad that there are still neighborhood restaurants, such... More 

Thank PattyR63
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144 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

In an unassuming location in Schenectady, this restaurant is well known to locals. I would not have been able to find it, but it is one that should be on everyone's bucket list! The owner served us drinks at the bar and appetizers. We then proceeded to join to a table for one of the best Italian meals I have... More 

Thank saildrmr2
altamont, new york
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Definitely a great "go to" restaurant. Bob and I asked each other why we haven't been coming here more often. Last night we were lucky enough to have the zucchini flowers as an appetizer.....super! Not many places have them. My scallops were perfect and Bob's chicken francaise was equally great. You can't' go wrong and you will leave happy.

Thank taylor130
Schenectady, New York
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This is a quintessential neighborhood Italian-American family restaurant. While not fancy, the food is good quality. I enjoy the calamari and one of several excellent veal entrees. Plenty of pasta choices and classics like clams casino. Desserts include favorites like tortufo, spumoni, or even an old-school Cream De Menthe Parfait. Take a trip back to the 1950's here. Very reasonable... More 

1 Thank Sean W
Saratoga Springs, New York
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

In the third generation of management, this Italian neighborhood restaurant remains one of the better kept secrets of the areal. Quality is always good, the chef very imaginative, and the service is very professional.

1 Thank Rudyvn
Schenectady, New York
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

We visit John Riccitello's a few times each month, and enjoy eating dinner at the bar. Excellent service from Louis and all of the wait staff. It's too easy to fill up on the crackers and cheese spreads at the bar, so be careful - save room! A great steak, with homemade onion rings - I have it with a... More 

1 Thank cpat29
Schenectady, New York
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Riccitello's restaurant is a hidden gem. Small very authentic Italian food. Fresh ingredients, clean & friendly place to dine.

1 Thank Magua1948
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Excellent Italian-American food experience with outstanding table service. Fantastic value. Highly recommended.

Thank kcgrllc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1687 Foster Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308-1818
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Schenectady
  • Phone Number: +1 518-374-1574

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?