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About Us

The philosophy of Restaurant Navona is a simple one: Honest and delicious cuisine, in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

At Restaurant Navona, everything we serve, from our pizza dough to our pasta, is lovingly made in-house. We strive to use the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, which allows us to deliver the highest quality dishes possible while supporting the farmers in the community that we call home. Our warm, inviting atmosphere offers one of the only fireside dining experiences available in the Capital District, perfect for chasing Old Man Winter away on a chilly upstate night.

Chef Mike Niccoli’s menu walks the line between Mediterranean and Modern Italian, with an emphasis on freshness and wood-fired fare. Niccoli, an Albany native, is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America with honors, Voted Chef of the Year by his local chapter of the American Culinary Federation in 2015, recipient of the Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 Award in 2010 and has been a Culinary Instructor at Schenectady County Community College for more than six years.

Stop by and meet your new favorite neighbors at Restaurant Navona.

Hours

  • Monday – A la carte dining room closed. (Available for private events and catered events)
  • Tuesday – 11:30am – 9pm (Available for lunch and dinner private events and catered events)
  • Wednesday – 11:30am – 9pm (Available for lunch and dinner private events and catered events)
  • Thursday – 11:30am – 9pm (Available for lunch and dinner private events and catered events)
  • Friday –  11:30am – 10pm (Available for lunch and dinner private events and catered events)
  • Saturday – 4pm – 10pm (Available for lunch and dinner private events and catered events)
  • Sunday – A la carte dining room closed. (Available for private events and catered events)

*Private dining is available Sunday through Thursday. Reservations required. 


Holiday Hours

  • New Year’s DayClosed
  • Valentine’s DayOpen
  • EasterClosed
  • Mother’s DayOpen
  • Memorial Day –  Closed
  • 4th of July WeekClosed for staff vacation
  • Labor DayClosed
  • ThanksgivingClosed
  • Christmas EveClosed
  • Christmas DayClosed
  • New Year’s EveOpen

Restaurant Navona
289 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
(518) 435-0202

Meet the Chefs

Meet

the Chefs

Chef Mike Niccoli

4-22-2016, Michael Niccoli, chef/owner of Restaurant Navona. (concept for cover of the Book of Lists)

Chef Mike is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. The abundant growing season that the Northeast has to offer and his love of family have kept him close to home. Chef Mike is a culinary instructor at SCCC and an active member of the American Culinary Federation and Chaine des Rostisseurs. Mike has worked all aspects of the kitchen, starting out as a line/prep cook and working his way to Executive Chef. The knowledge and experience that Mike has gained through his career have all prepared him to become Chef/Owner of Restaurant Navona.

Chef Eric Novak

Eric is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts and Service Management. He started his career as a dishwasher and quickly moved into food preparation and short order cooking when he discovered his passion for food. During his education he held a variety of occupations in food service. Throughout this time he had the opportunity to work with some very talented Chefs both in and out of state who have helped mold him into who he is today. Upon graduation, Eric returned to his home town and quickly climbed the ranks to become the Executive Banquet Chef at The Century House in Latham, New York. Since then, he has started down another path in his career and devotes his time at the new Restaurant Navona in Albany where he is able to work with some longtime co-workers and friends. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends and girlfriend whom support him, his dedication to the industry and all it has to offer.

Chef Amy Krause

Amy is a native New Yorker who studied culinary arts at Paul Smiths College. After moving to Florida and working at some of the most upscale resorts including The Naples Grande, her heart belonged to the Adirondack mountains. Upon her return to New York she met Mike Niccoli who was newly promoted as the Executive Chef of The Century House in Latham and became his first hire as Chef. While at The Century House, Amy quickly moved her way from food steward to ala carte to Garde Mange Chef. After 8 years with The Century House, Amy followed chef Niccoli once again. As a Sous Chef at Restaurant Navona, Amy gets to try her hand at Mediterranean cuisine. From creating amazing pizzas to making decadent desserts, Amy’s talents know no bounds. Her passion and creativity push her to always make something fresh, new, and beautiful.
Reviews

Restaurant

Reviews

Thank you, ALT readers!

Voted Best Soup, Best Family Restaurant (2nd), Best Salad (2nd), Best Appetizers (2nd) & Best Pizza (3rd)

Best NEW Restaurant within past 12 months

We love this category because it proves that you do not have to be in business for years to garner some great recognition. Good food is good food no matter how long the brick and mortar has been around. Chef Mike Niccoli’s menu walks the line between Mediterranean and Modern Italian…

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Well Kim, you sure did make it fun. I just wanted to tell you how beautiful the whole evening (weekend) turned out. The space was perfect and everyone had a wonderful time. ​ our bartender ​was fabulous and very professional and accommodating. The size of the group turned out to be just perfect as we were able to truly visit and catch up.

I’ve shared our experience with local folks and will continue to encourage others to frequent Navona.

I’m so happy with how everything turned out… and so glad it’s over!!!
Thank you very much for your flexibility and for helping to make the reunion unforgettable.

– Ellen


 

Hi Kim, Just wanted to thank you so much for last week! We already are promoting our next one on 10/12 and are excited to bring more people in the space. As we discussed, we would be comfortable with you also promoting the event (I’ve attached our logo) via social media, providing the language makes clear the event is for LGBTQ women. We appreciate your support!

– Lauren Simone (Programs Supervisor, Pride Center of the Capital Region)

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Wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta on the menu at new Albany restaurant

Mike Niccoli and Kim Baker are serving wood-fired pizza and small plates at Restaurant Navona, the neighborhood restaurant they opened last week on New Scotland Avenue in Albany, New York.

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Dear Kim and Mike,

We are writing to thank you and your wonderful staff for the extraordinary hospitality, exquisite food and superb service Navona provided on the very special occasion of the rehearsal dinner for our son, Dave, and his fiancé, Erica. It is not often in life that we get the opportunity to host on the occasion of a family wedding, which has to qualify as among the most important life events ever. We cannot thank you enough for all you did to make this a tremendous celebration in every way.

The food was fabulous. From the bountiful appetizers — that were not only delicious but works of art — to the salad and great bread to Mike’s perfectly prepared entrees, the meal was a delight. It earned raves from the many foodies in the wedding party. One young man, who is a native of Florence, Italy, could not say enough about your pasta with beef ragu. Another — named Giovanni — said your pizzas, which we served as one of the hot appetizers, were among the best he has ever had. My fish, mussels and sausage was perfectly prepared and that is not easy to ensure when you are serving a crowd of 30-plus. Our guests who are vegans truly appreciated the cauliflower entrée and the specially prepared pizzas.

We were honored that Kim led the service herself, which was of a caliber rarely experienced — polished, professional and a step ahead of the slightest need. As just one example, Kim took pains to see that the wedding party’s gifts were brought forward at just the right moment while seamlessly ensuring a birthday candle on the dessert for our son-in-law, whose special day coincided with the rehearsal dinner. The bar and table service was great. Your careful advance planning, to ensure it was an enjoyable evening that at the same time did not run too late into the evening, delivered completely.

Navona’s back room with the fireplace is a beautiful space that was enhanced by all the care you put into extra touches: the gray tablecloths, the sparkling lights and candles, and the LOVE sculpture along with the other beautiful décor and fall mums. With such outstanding food, hospitality, service and ambiance, Navona is very deservedly thriving under your ownership.

Truly, we experienced a magical evening, one that perfectly communicated the love and sense of celebration we all felt. Thank you for everything you did to make it perfect.

In appreciation,

– Deb and Bob Ward


 

Restaurant review: Restaurant Navona in Albany

 

When an executive chef and hotel general manager run off into the sunset with plans of their own, it’s a bit like the dish running away with the spoon. I can’t say how it worked out for the Century House in Latham, but for its former chef Mike Niccoli and his wife, Kim Baker, the result is Restaurant Navona. For that, New Scotland Avenue in Albany can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Hi Kim, I’ve been meaning to write since our party last week. Thinking about it now…. I just wanted to than you again for everything. The party was great. Everything at the restaurant was wonderful.. Food, drinks, service. My parents were shocked, and really had a great night. We are all looking forward to coming back for dinner.

– Lisa

Thank you so much for all your time and work for making this celebration memorable! You and your staff were amazing to work with and did an amazing job on all the food and set up. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the food selection. We will definitely be back in for dinner and would recommend your place to anyone!

– Nicole

Kim – Thank you so much for accommodating us at the last minute. You were a pleasure to work with. I agree that the night turned out lovely and I believe a good time was had by all … I know I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I look forward to coming in at a later date and testing the goods produced in the new oven! Have a wonderful holiday and new year!

– Suellen