I like going places when they are new.  We pulled this move with Capital City Gastropub most recently.  Sciortino's opened in the Miss Albany Diner space this past Wednesday. 

Off the bat, I'll mention that I'm a fan of most things Baumgartner.  Yes, he's easy on the eyes, but the food at his restaurants is actually good.  Some of my favorite meals in Albany involve the fish and chips at Olde English (and the beer), the fish tacos at Bombers (made better by being post-Boilermaker 15k), and although I'm not a huge fan of the food at Wolff's, I love love love the space it's in (and the beer).  I like when his blog has pictures of dogs, which is most of the time.

Anyway, tonight was the perfect night to head to Sciortino's.  Because I'm approximately 75 years old (see, hobbies: knitting, baking, being obsessed with my pet), we went for the early bird.

You can read all about it here. And here, here, here.

We had a Peroni and a Brooklyn Brown Ale, then ordered entirely too much food.  It was on purpose, but it was still alarming.  One thing to note is that when on display, the square pieces of pizza are on an angle, and it makes them look shorter than they are.  Don't be fooled.  One slice is enough. 

BBQ Chicken pizza (one slice, cut up)

Sausage, peppers, and mushrooms (it's UNDERNEATH

White pizza with vegetables.

Chicken riggies

At one point this was a brownie sundae.  Totally unnecessary.  Really gooey and delicious.  
I really liked the pizza and I'd have all of them again.  The BBQ chicken might be my favorite. Service was really friendly, and Matt was hanging out at and behind the counter. It wasn't crowded, but if it had been, we'd just have a drink at Wolff's while waiting.  I had never tried chicken riggies but heard good things, and while it was good, it's not for me.  I'm a spice wimp and it was a little hot (which I expected).  I also thought it might be more baked like a ziti, but it wasn't.  Cash only, as per yuzh.

Sciortino's (pronounced like shore-tinos)
893 Broadway
Albany, NY


  1. I first had BBQ chicken pizza back in my college days. Loved it then. It's been a long long time. But that looks really freaking good.

    My only gripe about Baumgartner is the name of his first restaurant. There is good stuff there, but the burritos are terrible. Call it Bombers Bar and Grill or just Bombers. Ditch the burrito iconography and switch it over to chicken wings and bottles of beer.

    It's a pipe dream, but what's life without dreams. Looking forward to getting into this place and trying it for myself.

  2. I'm not even a fan of the burritos at Bombers. If I'm having a burrito, I'm having it at Chipotle, most likely. But if I want fun beer and tacos or something, I'll have it at Bombers. Sciortino's and Olde English are now my two favorite places to eat Baumgartner-wise. Fish and chips are so good, and the beer...and...beer...must have beer....

  3. That looks nothing like the chicken riggies that I am used too. It should be way more pink...

  4. I am from Albany NY originally and moved to DC about 3 years ago. I stumbled onto your blog looking for a good apple orchard closely located to a winery... you make me nostalgic for all of my favorite Albany spots!! LOVE the fish and chips at Olde English!

  5. Morgan, that is really funny. We switched places. SO many good orchards near wineries, especially toward Frederick or in Northern VA. Stribling, Butler, etc. I'm sure you found a few!