Cornells first opened its doors on Van Vranken Ave in Schenectady in 1943. Generations of Capital Region families have made Cornells part of their lives, from weekly dinners to special occasions, weddings and baby showers.
This Schenectady landmark has evolved throughout the changing times of the last seven decades. Thirteen years ago the restaurant relocated from Van Antwerp Road to 39 N. Jay Street in today’s Little Italy neighborhood. Its close proximity to Proctors and other arts organizations, Union College and the Rivers Casino is ideal for those attending a wide variety of attractions. Cornells' interior décor features a soothing, rustic Tuscan color palette showcasing photographs of Italy’s iconic regions by Georgia Sheron of Waterbury, CT. In season al fresco terrace dining is available.
Partners George Ryon, Jack and Connie Hume were big fans of Cornells prior to becoming proud owners in 2011. The constant within the changing decades has been the tradition of producing classic Italian cuisine. Guests will find time-tested dishes, modern twists on old classics and a nod given to contemporary Italian dishes, served by Cornells' attentive, friendly staff.