Peter Pause Restaurant
535 Nott Street, Schenectady, NY 12308
Date visited: Multiple occasions
Type of eatery: Hole-in-the-wall diner
Dish I ordered: Multiple dishes
Price paid: varies, typically $5-$7 for full meal
Across from one corner of Union College, in an unassuming house next to a hair dresser, lies one of the best little restaurants in Schenectady. Serving breakfast and lunch daily Monday-Friday, Bruno & Lucy Sacchetti's Peter Pause Restaurant is a wonderful blend of Italian eatery and roadside diner. It's the sort of place you can go into and just order what you want without looking at the menu. Bruno mans the grill behind the counter, exchanging witicisms with the regulars, while Lucy works the kitchen in the back, preparing excellent Italian dishes.
At Peter Pause, I have been served nothing I didn't like. Eggplant Parmigiana (Wednesday's special) is very thinly cut, soft, and flavorful. Chicken Parmigiana (Thursday's special) is also thinly-cut, and is well-seasoned, crispy, and not too heavy. Fresh, soft, crusty Italian bread accompanies many meals.
For breakfast, the pancakes are light and fluffy, the eggs are fresh, and the tea and coffee are always hot.
I must admit that Tuesday's soup, Beef Vegetable, is a little thin for my taste, and the Ravioli with Meatballs is a bit lackluster compared to the Eggplant Parmigiana and the Chicken Parmigiana, but they are all still very delicious.
As is to be expected at an Italian-owned eatery, portions are very healthy and are well-presented. Service is very prompt, although ar about noon the place swarms with customers, so there can be a short wait to get a table/counter space.
At around $6-$7 for the daily special, the food is an excellent value for the quality.
Definitely one of the best little diners in Schenectady. I typically eat there weekly.
Rating: ***½ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
The food is delicious and not too heavy, the atmosphere is unique, and
Would I eat there again: Definitely.