BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Education Foundation held its annual fundraiser this month, giving attendees a chance to sample food from some of the area’s most popular eateries.
ALBANY — The Albany Business Review has published its quarterly list of Saratoga County restaurants cited for critical health code violations. [Read more…]
Story updated 4/28/15: The 2015 event raised $3,700.
BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) held its’ annual fundraiser, “A Taste of Ballston Spa” on Monday, Apr. 20 from 6–8 p.m. at the HVCC TEC Smart Campus, 345 Hermes Road in Malta. [Read more…]
BALLSTON SPA — Despite past differences with village government, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) seems to be settling nicely into the Ballston Spa community.
The EOC’s new location is in the former Hayner House at 30 Bath Street in Ballston Spa.
In the past, there was an on-going court battle between EOC and the village over the right of the EOC to move their headquarters to Ballston Spa.
In January of this year the state Supreme Court ruled the EOC had a right to move to Ballston Spa because it provides a “vital human service”.
EOC Executive Director Julie Hoxsie is optimistic for a good relationship between EOC and the village, especially local businesses that they are visiting, as well as others they plan to visit in the future. [Read more…]
Last Tuesday night one of my favorite local events took place at the Ballston Spa High School cafeteria, as they held their Pizza Fun Night & Silent Auction. The proceeds will benefit the high school Robotics Team, which will be competing in the National Championships in St. Louis.
Any night when pizza can be sampled is a good night.
While this area isn’t necessarily know for its pizza joints, there are several good ones around. So, let’s take a look at pizza in the 12020.
Probably the first one to come to mind is the venerable Pizza Works on Milton Avenue. These good folks have been in town since 1988, serving up great pies, with some interesting toppings. The Moon sandwiches are also a favorite. During the ten years I worked in the village, nary a week went by when I didn’t have lunch at least once here. And this was before they really made the place look snazzy a few years ago, giving it that classic “paisan” look.
One place which probably isn’t thought of as much for their pizza is a just a short walk from Pizza Works, and it is The White House. Tasty stuff, indeed. I can remember years ago when Hair Of The Dog, playing a Thursday night concert at Wiswall Park, was supplied with a few pies from there. The boys in the band absolutely loved it and wanted to know all about the restaurant. Their opinions in this case are spot on.
Another location perhaps not well known for pizza is the BrickYard Tavern. But, as with most things from Ron Manna’s kitchen, they offer up a delicious, thick crusted pizza, served on a cutting board. So, next time you are in there to watch one of the 30 or so ballgames on or compete in Trivia Night, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Let’s now head east to Malta and onto Route 9 for our next couple stops. First up is Bentley’s Restaurant. Befitting a place whose origins were as Andy’s Pizza & Grille, the ‘za at Bentley’s is tremendous. And that’s not all. It has a well-earned reputation as a great family restaurant. I have brought my kids there for literally their whole lives. We, like many, have enjoyed the knotty-pined interior and the Boston sports photos which hang on the walls (I especially like the pic of Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek shoving his mitt in A-Rod’s face).
Just a wee bit north on Route 9 is another Malta tradition, the Publik House. While there is much to like there, including its colonial-esque charm, they make some really fine pizza, too. And they serve it in these really ingenious raised trays, so not only can one enjoy the hot pie, but there is also plenty of room on the table for the pint glasses as well.
While these two Malta establishments provide both both great pizza and a nice dining experience, there are times, of course, when one just needs to grab a pie or three to go. So let’s head back to Milton Avenue and stop into I Love New York Pizza. It’s an interesting business. When it started up a few years ago, it was in the “take and bake” genre. There were many nights when I would stop in, grab an unbaked pie, head home and bake it. When they switched over to baking their own, I thought they were nuts. Shows what I know. Since the changeover, they have only improved things, and the parking lot is often packed. It is now one of the go-to places for a few slices and a soda. I would not be surprised if someday soon they have another makeover and become a full service restaurant.
Friends, sometimes, you just get lucky. I live in a quiet neighborhood in Milton which is fortunate enough to have seemingly bunches of great takeout joints close by, all right next to each other. There is Bongiornio’s Pizzeria, a relatively new spot on Rowland Street. Then, also in the vicinity of Rowland and Geyser, there are the yummy Pizza, Etc., Pizza Time and Primo Pizza. I have take home menus of each in my house. There are many Saturday nights when my biggest dilemma is which one to call.
So, getting back to the Pizza Fun Night at the High School. Patrons got to vote for the “Best Pizza.” Well, I love a good contest as much as anyone, but, considering the options I’ve noted above, well, there are no losers.
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Ballston Spa eatery Pizza Works added a third location to the chain and is now open for business.
The take-out spot located at 88 Henry Street will offer some healthier options, said owner Ed Rovetto, and the location will bake, rather than fry many traditional menu items. The three month-process to get the pizzeria running culminated in a Wednesday, Aug.3 opening.
“We have a little bit of a twist on the menu in Saratoga,” said Rovetto. “We are making a conscious effort to be a little healthier.”
Rovetto said the Ballston Spa location opened up 22 years ago and one followed in Burnt Hills followed shortly after. Rovetto’s family owns and operates 11 stores under four different brands.
One of the contributing reasons for the newly opened Saratoga spot, was a growing customer base from the city.
“Locally were a real popular pizza shop. Were a really popular lunch place,” he said. We have a huge variety, lots of signature pies.”
“Pizza Works traditional secret family recipe has been preserved and handed down from generation to generation. In addition, Pizza Works is recognized locally for it’s made to order hand tossed authentic New York Style thin crust pizza. In addition to pizza, we currently offer sandwiches on our homemade Italian bread rounds called moons, pasta, salads, soups, wraps, wings, calzones and strombolis,” according to information from its Web site.
Rovetto said the shop is also offering reworked menus at its two other locations. He said the hand-made rolls used in their “moons” are being made with a more “artisan” technique.
Call 518-584-6650 for information.