Can’t choose between a steakhouse or an Italian restaurant for dinner out? Delmonico’s brings the two together in an Italian-inspired steakhouse, a brilliant idea that will make everybody happy.
Delmonico’s started in Syracuse in 1998, and has expanded into the Capital Region and Florida. Their corporate offices are in Utica. So it’s a chain, but it’s an upstate-born, six-restaurant chain. And they have Utica greens!
So you can feel good about supporting their restaurants while enjoying their delicious chicken marsala or a big, juicy steak.
You’ll be comfortable in casual clothes at Delmonico’s or you can dress up a bit if you like. Wear something that gives you a little room to accommodate Delmonico’s generous portions.
The Colonie location has a wine cellar vibe, with comfy booths and checkered tablecloths. The Rat Pack caricatures, the gangster and moll uniforms and Sinatra tunes set a 1950’s tone in both restaurants. In Clifton Park, twin gas fireplaces that burn like torches and walls of windows give it a more modern, glam feel.
For a firecracker kickoff to your meal, start with the Bella Napoli appetizer, an enormous pile of fried pasta topped with chunks of Italian sausage, tomato, onions, peppers and Provolone, all under a smooth Asiago cheese sauce. It’s outrageously good, and great for a crowd.
Not only is there calamari, Delmonico’s offers two kind filet mignon will fit the bill. All their steaks come with a side of pasta, and are choice grade or better, and they are seasoned before cooking.
If you’re craving straight-up Italian, there’s pasta dishes like the one-pound lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs or sausage; if you’re looking for something a little more refined, try the veal marsala or fruitte de mare.
Their signature dish, chicken Sinatra, brings together sautéed greens, hot peppers, mushrooms, prosciutto and Provolone with chicken breasts, served over garlic mashed potatoes.
If you don’t spend a lot of time in wine stores, and you’re not sure what kind of wine to order, Delmonico’s makes it easy for you. Their white wines are listed from sweetest to least sweet, and similarly, reds are mildest to strongest.
They’re further broken down by dryness and intensity.
Prices are not out of reach, wine by the glass is a reasonable price for this market, and almost all bottles under are under fifty dollars.
So if you think a full-bodied red will go with your steak, you’d best choose from the bottom of the list, perhaps a California Cabernet Sauvignon.
If you’re looking for something more than wine, Delmonico’s has got your old-school classic drinks: martinis and manhattans, OldFashioneds and daiquiris, and spin the classic martini in lively ways, including with pomegranate, sour apple and Godiva chocolate.
Desserts come in over-the-top portions. You’ll find homemade cannoli, tiramisu, tartufo, Amaretto cheesecake, and their ice cream sundae, billed as “two large scoops of vanilla ice cream,” could serve a hungry crowd.
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Delmonico’s offers a gluten-free menu, and their restaurants are sensitive to special requests.
The children’s menu offers bambino-sized steaks and spaghetti and meatballs.
So who goes to Delmonico’s? Couples, families, big groups, small groups, pretty much everyone. It’s lively and bustling at both locations in the Capital Region, though it can get a bit noisy at peak times. But the restaurants are friendly and very welcoming, and you’re sure to feel comfortable there. You’ll enjoy the food and the experience; even better, you are supporting an upstate business.