There is no shortage of reasons to visit Saratoga Springs known as the “Spa City”. Thanks to its world-renowned healing spas, rich music scene, bustling nightlife, and thriving, historic horse racing culture, the Spa City has earned itself the reputation of being one of the best places to visit in upstate New York. It’s no surprise, then, that Saratoga is also home to a spectacular array of Italian restaurants.
In preparation for the summer tourist season, America Domani has explored five of the best Italian restaurants you can visit in Saratoga Springs. Whether you’re a foodie looking to experience five-star cuisine or you crave comfort dishes like classic wood-fired pizzas and heaping servings of homemade pasta, these are the restaurants you should add to your must-try list. Oh, and don’t forget to make a reservation!
Osteria Danny, $$$$
The Best for Fine Dining
Founded by Danny and Patti Petrosino in 2016, Osteria Danny is the premiere destination for experiencing the joys of slow food while visiting Saratoga Springs. Deeply inspired by Italian food culture and traditions, the menu changes regularly to honor seasonal ingredients. Behind every dish is the mark of Chef Danny, who has in the past been honored as a guest chef at The University Of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in Italy.
Forno Bistro, $$
The Best for Pizza
Located on Broadway in the heart of Saratoga’s lively downtown area, Forno’s Bistro brings the tastes of Tuscany to upstate New York. Known for its rustic fare and candle-lit environment, Forno’s is the place to be if you want delicious, authentic wood-fired pizza. What’s more, Forno’s has a vibrant, all-season patio that provides the perfect space for socializing and enjoying a leisurely meal.
Solevo Kitchen, $$$
The Best for Cocktails
Everything about Solevo’s is old school, from its scratch kitchen and house-made pasta down to every last detail on the cocktail menu. Its classic appeal has the influence of four generations to thank: Chef Ronald Solevo learned the business from his parents and grandparents. Today, Solevo’s is still a family-run operation. Ronald’s brother, Joseph, curates specialty cocktails that are some of the best in town.
Trattoria Fortunata, $$
The Best for Families
At Trattoria Fortunata, family is everything. Chef-owned and operated by Kyle Geniti, the popular restaurant is named in honor of his great-grandmother, who was the first member of the family to be born in America after coming over from Palermo. Today, Geniti keeps old traditions alive through a menu that boasts dishes such as gnocchi pesto genovese, eggplant parm, and chicken piccata. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with your own family.
PDT Market, $$
The Best Market Experience
When in Saratoga, there is one culinary experience that you must not miss out on. Surprisingly, it’s not a restaurant. It’s the PDT Market: a one-of-a-kind grocery experience. Not only will you find a plethora of gourmet ingredients, a full deli, and an unparalleled selection of meats, cheeses, and seafood, but the PDT market is also home to its very own bar. You can sip wine as you shop, grazing specialty ingredients imported from Italy. You can even build your own charcuterie board for snacking!
Natalli Marie Amato
Natalli Amato is a music and lifestyle journalist from Sackets Harbor, New York. Her bylines include Rolling Stone, Vice, and The Boot. She is also the author of several collections of poetry.