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I hope you enjoy wine and food as much as I do and like to share recent discoveries and great bargain finds. I am not an expert by any means. I just know what I like and can usually afford, and occasionally splurge on.

The rest of the time is just work, travel, cookbooks, cooking, eating and life with wine. . . it's so much nicer.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Texan in New York - Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe

Himself and I have relocated from Austin, Texas to Upstate New York. “Why?” you ask. Himself has made a huge career change and it is that time in our lives to see some sights and have a little fun although it is working fun.

Last night we visited Lo Porto Ristorante Caffe located at 85 4th Street, Troy, NY. I have to admit we have driven by this location quite a few times and never knew it was there. It was on the suggestion of a co-worker whose Mother is Sicilian and will not eat out (Italian) other than Lo Porto. Sounded like a good recommendation to us!

This was the New York Italian experience that I was waiting for. Garlic. Garlic. I still smell like garlic. We sat in the bar area of the restaurant. At first the bar was quite empty, but as the night went on the bar filled up with folks with funny accents and they all obviously knew each other. These New Yorkers talked about houses in Florida and family. Lo Porto’s award winning chef even came out to pat backs and shake hands. We were thoroughly entertained.

The food was awesome, huge portions and cooked to order so it was a relaxing experience—no rushing you out to free up the table—we did not call ahead. The service was very good. We shared a clams casino appetizer and were sorry that we had eaten all of the bread and had nothing to sop with. Next we had a dinner salad with house Italian and again we were searching for the bread to sop up the dressing. I thought at one point Himself was going to lick his plate.

I had Shrimp Michael over linguini. Shrimp, mushrooms, garlic, scallions and diced tomato in a light cream sauce. There was no way I could eat even a quarter of the portion served. Himself had Veal Milanese, which was a breaded cutlet in a sauce of capers, roasted peppers, olives, olive oil,
garlic and lemon. The veal still had crunch to it and it was served with mashed potatoes and sautéed green beans, yellow and zucchini squash also sauced with olive oil and garlic.

We had a baby Amarone which was dark, rich and luscious with just a little bite at the end and it did not mellow out. It was a perfect pairing for our entrées. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of the wine label or write down the name, but it was Bin 51 on the wine list.

Lo Porto should definitely be on your “to do” list. Check them out at $$+ depending on your wine/drink order.

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