Tucked away off busy Route 7 in Latham NY (border of Niskayuna), is Innovo Kitchen; a new establishment with a unique past, dishing out fresh and contemporary food.
John LaPosta and Tina Kruger have had a history of culinary success in the Capital Region and when I learned they were opening Innovo Kitchen, I was immediately intrigued.
I began as a customer when Maestro's was in the former small location down the street from the VanDam. I remember calling them when we had a special occasion to request something unique. I would be asked what type of protein we liked, type of desert and we would have an off menu meal designed for us. Another welcoming aspect, this was the only higher end place we brought our child without looks/stares from the owners/management and instead, was made to feel completely at home.
The space is super trendy, cool and maintains the unique feel of a local establishment.
When you walk in, curiosity brings your eyes to the bowling pin sitting upon the hostess station. You will soon see that throughout the restaurant, the tables are re-purposed from the bowling lanes.
I am pleased to say that charm and granular attention to detail for the menu and plated food is alive and well at Innovo.
The menu has a hipster, Charleston low-country (in my opinion) cuisine and if your a legacy customer, you will find some hits from the "old" Maestro's, such as the crab cake.
For starters we opted for the Parmesan Tater Tots with Malt Vinegar Aioli. The Tater Tots were great bare, but were amazing with the vinegar sauce. The acidic flavor of the sauce knocked it out of the park for me.
One dish at the table was the Pastrami Egg's Benedict; a play on the classic with pastrami and a Russian dressing style hollandaise on a homemade English muffin.
The egg was poached perfectly and combination of the pastrami and hollandaise worked.
I had my mind set on the hot pastrami sandwich I had on my first visit, but was not on the brunch menu. I asked if they could make it and without hesitation, they said yes.
Despite being very New York, I don't see pastrami offered many places, so I typically cant pass on it. The combination of the cheese, cole slaw and egg will lead to an empty plate.
In an area (Latham to Clifton Park) where most eateries are chain restaurants, there is one diamond in the ruff where you will surely have a memorable experience.
Selfishly, I'd love it if this place remained obscure to the masses and keep it to myself, but I'm sure it wont be too much longer before I cant get a reservation.