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albany for 20 year olkd birthday - inexpensive family style italian? or other suggestions?

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I'm taking my SUNY daughter and her 3 roomies out to dinner Tuesday for her birthday. She understands financial limitations so anything(other than a chain resto) are fine. But maybe a decent place that could be fun?

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  1. If you want to stay close to UAlbany, Caffe Italia on Central Ave is an old (really old) favorite, not very hip, though, for 20-year-olds. A little hipper, but still in Albany might be Lombardos, which still has a little bit of a vibe. If you head up to Saratoga Springs, Chianti or Forne Toscana are much more fun and have better food; so does Wheatfields in Saratoga. There's Tesoro, in Colonie. In Schenectady, Aperitivo Bistro is pretty cool. All of these are in the moderate-price-range for the area.