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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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Schenectady, New York
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the portions are very small--so you'll be hungry when you leave--sorry to say--wait staff good family owned for many years

Thank crisgro2016
Schenectady, New York
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Riccitello Family are class all the way. Classic Italian the way Grandma made it and always imaginative specials. Have been going there since I was a teenager. My whole family --- three generations-- count this as our favorite

Thank David R
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a nice surprise finding this gem. After visiting the new casino we were looking for a place we never dined before. What a great find. The seafood combination over homemade fettuccini (slight up charge) was absolutely delicious. I usually don't like muscles but these were outstanding as well as the shrimp, clams and scallops. Worth a return trip.

Thank patschenectady
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the quintessential Italian American restaurant. Its been there a long time (still has a built in phone booth with an actual pay phone.) It has a great full bar and more than competent bartender. Thier red sauce and pasta is light. Between us we had sauteed calamari, chicken livers Caruso, pork roast, and frog legs. Each was very... More 

Thank RME57
Niskayuna, New York
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit here everytime family comes into time for the best Italian cuisine around. 5/10 the Chicken Parmesan because it's the best! My daughter had the Pasta Primavera and I always enjoy the Roasted Chicken. (It's always best to preorder the Roasted Chicken because it takes 45 minutes but is so with it.) I give the place four stars because... More 

Thank Jenn C
Ballston Lake, New York
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

One of the best Italian restaurant that you will any where. Old era feeling from yesteryear. Easy and handicap accessible with plenty parking areas. It is like something you see in the movies. Food is just simply delicious on what ever you order I have had my share of dishes so believe me I know. You also will be pleasantly... More 

Thank benito5
Johnson City, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I have eaten here several times, against my will. The atmosphere is cozy and the service can be slow. The veal is great, but the Italian sauce that they pour on the parmigiana dishes and the paste, is not good. Its too heavy and too Southern Italian. I guess if never been to Italy and used to that of sugo,... More 

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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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143 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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?