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