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At the Table: Sam’s serves up Italian classics in a homey setting

Shrimp cocktail is served in a champagne saucer at Sam’s Italian American Restaurant in Albany. (Caroline Lee)
Shrimp cocktail is served in a champagne saucer at Sam’s Italian American Restaurant in Albany. (Caroline Lee)
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“I feel like I’m at my grandmother’s house on Watervliet Avenue,” said my friend Patrice, looking around Sam’s. The impeccably dressed hostess saw us spy the cozy nook in the front, and said, “Take the bigger table. It’s more comfortable.” Then she leaned over the table and switched on a small table lamp, like you’d have in your home. Sam’s, an Albany fixture since 1971, is a family-owned Italian restaurant in a converted two-story home ...

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