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May 16, 2007 05:16 AM

Do these places still exist in Albany?

I went to SUNYA at the start of the 90s and was wondering if the following places are still around.....I tried googling them but I may have the spelling wrong and could not find them...

1) Mama Sorrana's pizza. I think it was by a bar called Peabody's. Their "big thing" was getting a hot slice and then getting cold cheese put on top.
2) O'Heany's. More of a bar. It was closer to the downtown campus. I used to go there and get really good nachos.
3) NO idea what the name of this place is. I thought it was Peter Pan's for some reason. It was right by the uptown campus and was a buffet that was set up in a circle. It was "big" for when your parents came into town and they would take you to dinner.

Can someone assist?

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  1. Sovrana's in the pizzeria. I went to SUNY A also (late 90's) and have to go to a wedding nearby Memorial Day, so let me know if it's still open! I'd love a slice.

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    1. re: haleyjen

      this hound thinks Sovrano's exists. (I have no idea where it is)

      1. re: NYchowcook

        It does still exist, at 63 N Lake. I think that's between Washington and Western? Or maybe Central and Washington? Somewhere in there. It's described as a pizza/grocery/bakery/deli. We ordered pizza from there a long time ago for the office, but they really screwed up the order and we never got from there again. I seem to recall the pizza was good, though.

        1. re: AmyH

          Yes it's between Washington and Central on North Lake. Their regular pizza is thick and doughy and absolutely delicious. John Ragonese told me about a stuffed covered pizza that the guy makes with caramelized onions, capers and anchovies, it's not on the regular menu, you have to special order it, I am drooling.

        2. re: NYchowcook

          I think O'Heaney's was on Ontario just off Washington by the downtown dorms - last time I drove by there a new name had takens it s place but I beleive it is still a bar

      2. Don't know about Mama Sorrana's. I do remember the name O'Heany's but doubt if that is still in business. The place you are calling Peter Pan's I believe was Chef Italia on Western Avenue and blocks from the Campus. It was a large buffet in a circle. Sorry to say it has been out of business for years.

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        1. re: Diane

          Thanks! I have NO idea where I got Peter Pan's from....I can't even remember if I liked the food.

          I did search Sovrana's and got a hit for something that sounded more like a bakery than a pizza joint . I am thinking that could be it and we just called it "Mama's"? And considering I never got further than the front counter, maybe that is it.....

        2. The huge buffet place is gone - I can't remember the name - it's a 99 steakhouse (chain) now.

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          1. re: lupaglupa

            I remember that buffet place also. I think it was just down from Stuyvesant Plaza. I usually have a good memory, but that one escapes me. I'm sure someone will chime in.

            1. re: TonyO

              It's on western right at the end of Fuller Rd.

              1. re: lupaglupa

                Yeah , that's it. All I seem to remember is that the place was very large, and I think they called it the Carousel Buffet (yikes). I spent many more hours at the Across the Street Pub..........

              1. re: JWW

                I think you're right. TonyO also was on the right track with the carousel theme - I seem to remember there were carousel horses scattered around. Amazing how much you can remember - especially considering the food wasn't good!

                1. re: lupaglupa

                  You got it Coco's ! It was dreadful if I remember correctly (but then again, aren't most buffets ???).

                  1. re: TonyO

                    Yes yes! CoCo's! You gotta remember as a college kid, "going out to eat" meant going to Fridays so I am sure I remember CoCo's as being "good" since they didn't ask "do want fries with that'?. It WAS popular for visiting parents only cause it was close to the campus.

                    Ok, so I now know I can get a slice of Sovrana's next time I pass thru....wonder if it willl taste as good as I thought it was.


            2. o'heaneys closed years ago. They auctioned off the pieces of wife forbid me from attending to bid on the trough.

              When I attended sunya oheaney's had a barely edible burger but that was it. I can't imagine nachos...

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              1. re: vinouspleasure

                Ok, they may have not been the BEST nachos. But they had a bunch of things going for them: They were cheap, HUGE, and the guy who would make them for us (we went there every.....think it was watch Seinfeld) would make them with whatever we wanted on them. I think he actually personally used to shop for us cause once we requested refried beans on them and although he did not them that week, he had them the next. At least when I used to go there, it was always really empty so I think they were looking to do anything to keep us (about 10 girls) coming back.

                1. re: L_W

                  Back in the day, O'heaney's was wall-to-wall people thurs-sat night with people from the downtown dorms. In retrospect, it was a horrible place that I wouldn't set foot in today but it was an event back in my college days. A lot relationships started and ended in O'heaney's tavern...

                2. re: vinouspleasure

                  Burgers?? I only remember hard boiled eggs. I must pre-date you.

                3. What about Cavaleri's? I heard Nick sold the place, but did it go on with other owners?

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                  1. re: elleinthecity

                    The building has had a "for sale" sign on it for months now. No signs of any activity, they took down the hanging sign recently also.