We really enjoyed our first visit to Aperitivo on a recent Sunday evening -- we reserved for 5:30 because of a 7:30 curtain at Proctor's Theatre, a couple of doors down the street, and are really glad we did. By 6:00 or a little later the place had filled with diners who all seemed to be enjoying themselves, as indeed we were too. The place is surprisingly big -- three rooms that we saw, one of which being closed off for the night, and the decor is that of a skillfully-renovated urban space.
Madame had an arugula spring mix salad -- very nicely-dressed, I can report, as I had a little of it myself; my Caesar salad was terrific. Veal parm on her side of the table for a main dish, and pappardelle bolognese on my side: on my first visit to an Italian restaurant I like to order bolognese just to see what it tells me about what's going on in the kitchen, and in this case the news was all good. Both main dishes, in fact, were first-rate; a nice Momo New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and espresso rounded out the festivities, and all were served in a prompt and friendly manner. Even though the place was hammered with pre-theatre diners, the staff kept things moving, and we left very happy at around 6:45.
Aperitivo is not cheap, although top-end prices on main dishes are partly balanced out by quite reasonable prices on starters and wines. And the kitchen very definitely rewards your investment. In all, Schenectady made an excellent stopover -- the grand old Proctor's Theatre, our Hampton Inn, and several really promising dining options are all there on, or near, State Street within a few steps. We hope to be back, and Aperitivo will definitely have a place on the schedule.
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