Downtown Schenectady restaurant features newly designed menu highlighted by modern Italian cuisine and small plates 

SCHENECTADY, New York; – Mazzone Hospitality today announced that veteran Capital Region chef Frank Tardio will oversee culinary operations at Aperitivo Bistro, as the popular restaurant located in downtown Schenectady approaches its 10-year anniversary.

Under Tardio, Aperitivo Bistro will experience a revitalized focus on the restaurant’s original concept of modern Italian cuisine and small plates. The menu will be highlighted by seasonal and fresh dishes which offer a new interpretation on Italian culinary fare; as well as a distinct emphasis on Italian-style tapas and small plates designed for sharing.

Tardio will be joined in the kitchen by Chef de Cuisine Jose Cruz, who will bring to Aperitivo Bistro his extensive experience in a number of New York City restaurants, including Le Moulin a Café, Peels, and dell’anima. In addition to his role at Aperitivo Bistro, Tardio will continue to serve as executive chef of nearby Angelo’s Tavolo, located inside Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY.

“Upon its opening in 2007, the concept surrounding Aperitivo Bistro was to create a vibrant, urban chic gathering space for people to come together to enjoy exciting new flavors and inspired twists on familiar Italian dishes. Now, as we approach the restaurant’s 10-year anniversary, we are excited to bring this focus back to the forefront with our longtime partner Frank Tardio at the helm,” said Mazzone Hospitality Chief Operating Officer Matt Mazzone. “We look forward to welcoming new and loyal guests to Aperitivo Bistro as we bring the restaurant back to its core roots with a menu focused on fresh and seasonal dishes inspired by the Italian culinary tradition.”

The new fall dinner menu features a variety of modern Italian dishes, including: Burrata with Butternut Squash Puree, Orange Roasted Apples, Spiced Pepitas and Brown Sugar Bacon; Farfalle with Braised Lamb Ragu, Kalettes and Lemon Yogurt; and Baked Shrimp with Citrus Butter, Fregola and Pangrattato.

Aperitivo Bistro has also introduced a new brunch offering on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights from the brunch menu include: Uova in Purgatorio featuring Baked Eggs, Pancetta, Tomatoes, Rosemary, Shallots, Pecorino and Baguette; Cinnamon Buns baked in a skillet and topped with Bourbon Apple Glaze and Walnuts; and an Open Face Chicken Fry Sandwich with Red Wine Onions and Parmigiano Gravy.

Aperitivo Bistro is located at 426 State Street in Schenectady. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; with dinner service beginning at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Hours may be extended in conjunction with shows at Proctors Theatre. Reservations are recommended and can be made by phone at 518-579-3371 or online at

In addition to the restaurant, Aperitivo Bistro offers a beautifully-designed private dining space, featuring exposed brick, hardwood floors and distinct finishes, which can host up to 75 people. For more information on private dining at Aperitivo Bistro, contact the restaurant directly at 518-579-3371.

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About Mazzone Hospitality

Mazzone Hospitality owns and operates several of the Capital Region’s premier restaurants and banquet halls including: Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia featuring Angelo’s Tavolo, two ballrooms and an inn; Aperitivo Bistro, a dynamic wine bar and bistro adjacent to Proctors in Schenectady; Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill, a casual and modern bar and grill in Clifton Park; TALA, An American Bistro, featuring an eclectic mix of stylized entrees and a spa menu; Angelo’s 677 Prime, an upscale steakhouse and wine bar in the heart of the theater district in Albany, and Fish at 30 Lake in Saratoga Springs. Mazzone Hospitality also owns and operates Prime at Saratoga National, an upscale steakhouse modeled after Angelo’s 677 Prime, located on the grounds of Saratoga National Golf Club. Through its PRIME Business Dining division the company oversees corporate dining operations for M+W Group at The Foundry; GLOBALFOUNDRIES; PRIME @ IOPS; Ayco Café; Golub Headquarters; and the SI Group, among others. The company operates and manages the historic Parker Inn & Suites in downtown Schenectady and also oversees the catering operations at the Hall of Springs, Key Hall at Proctors, and caters private weddings, fundraisers, and corporate or social events. For more information about Mazzone Hospitality, call 518-690-0293 or visit

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