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Home Style Pizza tries out new format in Latham at Portofino’s

Officials cut the ribbon to open Portofino's Italian Restaurant at 831 New Loud Rd. in Latham on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Officials cut the ribbon to open Portofino's Italian Restaurant at 831 New Loud Rd. in Latham on Thursday, Sept. 13. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Menu items include the Vitello alla Parmigiana ($19), a breaded veal cutlet stuffed with fresh mozzarella and basil with house pomodoro sauce and parmesan cheese, and ‘Caramelized Diver Scallops’ ($16/$25) with roasted vegetables and pistachio pesto that can be offered as gluten-free.

Tom Nolte, president of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce, attended the grand opening of Portofino’s and, as a native of Schenectady, said he knows “firsthand the quality of the food.” Nolte said when he was growing up, he would visit his grandfather and every Friday night they would go to Home Style Pizza.

“I’m so pleased to be able to welcome the people who built this business 39 years ago,” Nolte said.

Nolte wasn’t the only one who enjoyed Home Style growing up. Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said she was going to tell practically the same story as Nolte, but added that she was “there first.”

“The restaurant looks absolutely beautiful,” Mahan said. “(I’m) so happy to have you here and wish you so much success.”

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