SCHENECTADY— For over 70 years, Cornell’s in Little Italy restaurant, in Schenectady, has been providing patrons with traditional Italian cuisine in an environment both welcoming and authentic to neighborhood restaurants in Italiy.
Established in 1943 by Nicholas and Pasqualina Cornell, the restaurant boasts a family-style atmosphere that offers something for everybody, from the simplest spaghetti to a more complex veal and lobster dish made with white wine. This past spring, Cornells was rebranded as Cornells in Little Italy, but the authentic vibe has stayed the same.
Executive chef Michael Pietrocola, who doubles as the restaurant’s general manager, said that Cornells has always had a strong staff focused on providing excellent service. He has also gotten to know his sous chef well, which is important in maintaining a consistent product.
“A lot of it is education,” he said. “The consistency in the food is tremendous.” Right now, Cornells is focusing on creating its banquet and take-out menu, said Pietrocola.
Cornell’s is consistent in aspects aside from food quality. Good prices, attractive décor and the dedication and positive attitude of servers are what makes Cornells special. Reservations are now offered for the holidays. Patrons can call 370- 3825, or visit visicornellsrestaurant.com for more information.