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Caputo’s Pizza…A Pleasant Surprise

So the fam and I headed over to Caputo’s Pizza in Clifton Park last night for a quick slice of pizza.  In my humble, snobby Long Islander opinion, they have the best NY style pizza that I’ve tried in the area.  I quickly scarfed down my first slice, J was on his second, and our daughter was happily munching her slice.  I noticed on the board that they have home made soups and I’m a sucker for Pasta Fagioli soup, so I ordered a bowl.  Man, am I glad I did because it was freaking delicious.  It was hearty, the broth was rich and delicious, and the best part were the pieces of proscuitto floating in the soup.  It was hands down, one of the best bowls of pasta fagioli I’ve ever had.  It was just chock full of goodness. Based on that soup, we’re definitely going to go back and try some actual dinner items and hopefully they will measure up.

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A detour back to Denver

Before talking about Maine, I really needed to tell you about Osteria Marco, my hands down favorite restaurant in Denver.  It wins that title because of its casual but very cool atmosphere, its fairly varied menu, and delicious and well priced food.

Osteria Marco is in the very pretty Larimer Square.  We sat outside since we try to avoid enclosed areas when eating out with Future Foodie.

We started with their meat sampler, which was a sampling (duh) of their own house made salamis.  The soppresata was out of this world, J and I were fighting over the last few pieces.  There was also a wild boar salami, which was very good as well.  All of the salamis were sliced paper thin and delicious.

We also ordered a whole grilled artichoke as an appetizer.  I wasn’t sure about it, because to be honest, we have ignored artichokes for a long time in our house.  But this appetizer definitely reminded us of how delicious artichoke can be.  It was grilled, and there was a lemony, garlicky, buttery sauce spooned all over it.   There was a garlic aioli sauce to dip the leaves in, and it served as a perfect compliment to the tender leaves.  J and I devoured the artichoke; another four or ten would have been great.

We ordered the margarita pizza.  When they brought over the pizzas, they also brought over a bottle of chili oil.  I had never seen that before and was all for it.  The pizza was really really good.  Nice and salty, the cheese had a nice flavor to it and the chili oil added a nice kick to the whole thing.

I actually brought some friends back to Osteria Marco a few days later, and they also were big fans of the place.

There are not a lot of restaurants that provide a cool, hip atmosphere with great affordable food, but Osteria Marco does it very, very well.

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The best Capital Region pizza so far…

We are planning to conduct a pizza death match but we did find a contender for the best pizza we’ve had up here so far. We got a pie from Caputo’s Pizzeria in Clifton Park.

J had been talking about this pizza for a couple weeks now, some of his co-workers were talking it up.  As foodies, we take all food seriously, but pizza has a particular soft spot for us, especially me since I’m from Long Island (land of awesome pizzas).  For the past 11 years that I have lived in the Capital Region, I have tried a lot of different pizzas and have been let down repeatedly.  My husband, having had the experience of both LI and NYC pizza also understands my despair at the desolate landscape of pizza in the Capital Region.

Forgive me for my little tangent, but what is up with the pizza up here? The crust is usually tasteless, too thick, or cardboard like.  The cheese has no flavor and there’s always way too much of it.  Then the sauce, or the lack of it, has no tang, no depth.  Uggh.  I mean, if I need pizza, J will usually make it himself (always delicious) or we make do with Inferno’s Pizza, which is probably one of the better Upstate type pizzas there are.

Deep breath.  Okay I’ve calmed down from my little diatribe about pizza.  On to Caputo’s.  The pizza was good, surprisingly good.  The cheese had that nice salty thing that a lot of LI/NYC pizzas have.  It needed more sauce, but the sauce that was on it was tasty.  I would prefer a little bit more tang to it.  The crust is really where Caputo’s shines.  It’s thin and crispy and tastes really good. I have to say I was impressed.  It will work for my pizza fix when I need it.  However Long Island/NYC pizza still reigns supreme. nothing beats a slice from Emilio’s in Commack or Little Vincent’s in Lake Ronkonkoma.    Then there’s the pizza at Lombardi’s in NYC, OMG.

We also ordered the garlic knots.  They need some work, they weren’t buttery enough and they needed more garlic.  But the dipping sauce was really good – it was a marinara but full of garlic slices, it’s delicious.

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Restaurant Hopping in Hudson

My family and I were a lot like Goldilocks on Saturday.  We tried three different restaurants before finding just the right fit.

Too Elegant

Our intended destination was Swoon Bar.  It’s a pretty little place right on the main strip in Hudson.  We walked in and it was very hushed with jazz playing in the background.  The waitress was okay, not super friendly and to be honest, didn’t look super thrilled that we had a toddler with us.

Nothing on the menu really stood out to me, except for the prices.  Paninos (sandwiches) were the cheapest meal at 10.95 and all of the other main dishes were around 14.95 – 16.95.  It seemed a little steep.  I ordered the “Health Margarita” which had fresh grapefruit in it. The margarita was underwhelming.  J went with a dry white wine.  After studying the menu for a little while longer, I just couldn’t rouse any excitement about any of the dishes (J is of a different opinion on this).  So we decided to finish our drinks and try another spot.  $25 later we left. Yes that’s right, each of drinks was $12 (which we knew already but still, kind of shocking to be paying that before actually ingesting any actual food).

On we trucked to the next spot.  I also need to mention that my almost 18 month old daughter has decided she DETESTS the stroller.  The only thing she deems worthy of holding her is moi.  So I got a lot of exercise walking with an additional 25 lbs on me.

Too Slow

We headed over to Red Dot.  Initially we were excited about this place, they have a pretty garden out back with seating.  We were able to grab a seat out back.  The menu is however is another story – very basic, nothing exciting, a tad cheaper than Swoon.  I was going to get a salad and a potato latke, and J was going to get a Caesar Salad with Shrimp but then the only server for the outside area came over and told us that the kitchen was backed up and he couldn’t even take our order for several minutes.  With Future Foodie already being restless and trying to eat the rocks in the garden, we decided to try out luck somewhere else.  So left our second restaurant for the day. I have to say though, every one including the hosts/managers/and servers were very nice and were sorry that we were leaving and tried to get us to stay.

Just Right

At last, we were in front of Baba Louie’s, which we were hoping was going to be our last food destination for the day.  Turns out, we should have just headed here in the first place because it literally was the perfect fit for our family.  We were sat in a corner, and the waitress was just so great.  She was super friendly to our daughter and someone else brought crayons and coloring paper for her and a little snack of dried cranberries for her (that was a first!).  The prices looked just right.  Baba Louie’s is famous for its pizza but stupid me didn’t order any.  J did though, and he made the right choice.

We started off with the Greek Salad.  The salad is not a traditional greek salad, it has roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a lemon herb dressing.  Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about salad but this salad elicited proclamations of deliciousness from the first to last bite.  All of the flavors worked well together and it was absolutely delightful.

I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana Panini and Jason chose a small pizza but had it split between the Dolce Vita (Tomato sauce, wilted spinach, fresh mozzarella, California figs, gorgonzola, prosciutto and parmesan topped with infused rosemary oil) and Riccardo’s Pizza Famosa (Tomato sauce, chêvre, sun dried tomatoes, asiago, calamata olives, mozzarella, roasted garlic, basil and parmesan).

The panini was ehhh.  Not enough sauce, too much arugula, kind of dry.  The pizza, on the other hand, OUT OF THIS WORLD.  Really, it was just so good.  It was gone way too soon, we even contemplated getting another one.  The flavors on both types of pizza mixed so well with each other and it was just like a flavor bomb in your mouth with each bite.  I’m kind of salivating right now thinking about it.  Our daughter loved it too!

The bill was $32 before tip – which was completely reasonable for lunch.  Needless to say, we will be spreading the word and will be returning as soon as we can.

We ended on a sweet note, with a trip to Lick Ice Cream.  They serve Jane’s Ice Cream exclusively, which is based out of Kingston.  Everything is so delicious there, J went for the classic vanilla bean.  I got the coffee with cookie and a scoop of the lemon chiffon.  The ice cream is delicious, with really bright flavors, and the texture is so nice and creamy.  We had a great time enjoying our ice cream on a bench in front of the shop and watching our daughter roll around on the really clean sidewalks of Hudson.

I also need to mention that we got a parking ticket because we were wandering around Hudson so long looking for a restaurant.  But it was only for $6, a small price to pay for the memorable meal we had at Baba Louie’s.

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