Prosciutto di Parma and a duck egg top the Agricoltore e Uovo pizza at Cafe Capriccio in Albany. 
There’s no shortage of great Italian restaurants in the Capital Region, but where do you turn when you’re craving the very best?
We’ve been asking that question since 1997 as part of our annual Best of the Capital Region reader poll. The category was part of the inaugural contest, then took a break from 1999 to 2006. Through that time, though, there’s been one constant: D’Raymonds. The Loudonville restaurant has been the reigning champ for the past 14 years.
Here’s a rundown of the best Italian restaurant winners, starting with the 2022 finalists.
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D’Raymonds Italian American Cuisine Restaurant in Loudonville.
Best Italian restaurant: First place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009; third place in 2007 and 1998
Best local restaurant: First place in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019; second place in 2016; third place in 2018; runner-up in 2017
Best family restaurant: Second place in 2022
Best steakhouse: Runner-up in 2021
Best restaurant: Third place in 2014
Address: 269 Osborne Road, Loudonville
Phone: 518-459-6364
Website: draymonds.com
Caffe Italia in Albany.
Best Italian restaurant: Second place in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016 and 2015; third place in 2019 and 2009
Best local restaurant: Third place in 2020; runner-up in 2021, 2017 and 2016
Address: 662 Central Ave., Albany
Phone: 518-459-8029
Website: caffeitaliaalbany.com
Best Italian restaurant: Third place in 2022; runner-up in 2021
Best takeout food: Runner-up in 2021
Best local restaurant: Runner-up in 2021
Address: 1505 Route 9, Clifton Park
Phone: 518-952-7201
Website: nonnamariasitaliankitchen.com
Capriccio classic eggplant with four cheeses at Cafe Capriccio in Albany.
Best Italian restaurant: Third place in 1997; runner-up in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2017
Best restaurant for a date: Second place in 1998
Address: 49 Grand St., Albany
Phone: 518-465-0439
Website: cafecapriccio.com
Best Italian restaurant: Second place in 2019; third place in 2020, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014; runner-up in 2022, 2021 and 2017
Best local restaurant: Third place in 2019; runner-up in 2016
Address: 126 Mariaville Road, Schenectady
Phone: 518-355-5323
Website: canalisrestaurant.com
Seafood platter and chicken parmesan at Ferrari’s Ristorante on Congress Street in Schenectady.
Best Italian restaurant: Runner-up in 2020, 2019 and 2015
Address: 1254 Congress St., Schenectady
Phone: 518-382-8865
Website: ferrarisristorante.com
Best of the Capital Region 2022
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100 categories: There were 14 new categories in 2022. 
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Lasagna from Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse.
Best chain restaurant: First place in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019; second place in 2018 and 2017
Best family restaurant: Runner-up in 2021
Best steakhouse: First place in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2010, 2009 and 2008; third place in 2007
Best family restaurant: Second place in 2015
Best Italian restaurant: Second place in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011; runner-up in 2018 and 2016
Best restaurant for a romantic night out: Second place in 2014; third place in 2013; runner-up in 2018
Best restaurant: Third place in 2013
Address: 1553 Central Ave., Albany | 3 Northside Drive, Clifton Park
Phone: 518-456-5656, Albany | 518-383-5656, Clifton Park
Website: delmonicositaliansteakhouse.com
Best Italian restaurant: Third place in 2017; runner-up in 2015
Best family restaurant: Third place in 2017 and 2015
Address: 853 Fourth Ave., Troy | 769 Pawling Ave., Troy
Website: testosrestaurant.com
Best chain restaurant: First place in 2016; runner-up in 2015
Best Italian restaurant: First place in 2008; second place in 2010
Best family restaurant: Third place in 2013 (Colonie location)
Address: Multiple locations
Website: olivegarden.com
Best restaurant for a date: First place in 1998
Best Italian restaurant: Second place in 1998
Address: 556 Delaware Ave., Albany
Phone: 518-436-4952
Website: nicolescatering.com
Best restaurant for a romantic night out: First place in 2006; second place in 2003; third place in 2005
Best restaurant to pull out all the stops: Second place in 1999
Best Italian restaurant: Second place in 1997
Address: 104 W. Sand Lake Road, Wynantskill
Phone: 518-283-0202
Website: paololombardis.com
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