Caffé Rustica

New York

It might be in a strip mall and next to a Price Chopper, but Caffé Rustica in Lake Placid serves excellent Italian food prepared by CIA-trained chefs. The menu is split equally among pasta dishes, meat and fish entrées, and wood-fired pizzas. Everything is of the highest quality here, whether it's the house-made meatballs and sausage, fresh mozzarella, or wild mushrooms. The modest but well-curated wine list is heavy on pinot grigio and chardonnay.