Ragonese Imports has been a part of Albany's New Scotland neighborhood since 1986 and they're still going strong. 

Neighborhood delis and stores are a vital part to any community. I am a firm believer that if you live in a place that doesn't have one of these establishments you should pack up and move to an area that does.

That being said, I am very lucky to live close to one of the best establishments in all of Albany.

Ragonese Imports

We live in a world where chain and franchise sub shops are popping up all over the place. It is very easy to find that type of food if you want to, but you really haven't lived until you walked into an old school deli like Ragonese, taken a number and placed an order.

For me, my go-to is the Italian mix, but I've been known the dabble in mortadella and just prosciutto. Meats are life to be honest.

Once you walk into this Albany institution the smells of the all of the delicious homemade foods that you can get at their counter are overwhelming to your sense.

*Note, I welcome that overwhelming feeling.

Not only can you get some great fresh made stuff like chicken cutlets, meatballs, lasagna, and more - you can also get their stuff frozen and bring it home for later.

These guys are killing it and have been for almost 40 years.

If you're looking to support an amazing local business, this is jsut one of the many we have here in the Capital Region.

The Capital Region's 10 Best Sandwich Shops [RANKED]

Is there a more satisfying meal than a perfectly crafted sandwich or sub? It's the perfect balance of deli meats, condiments, toppings, and bread - and making it perfect is an artform. So in our quest to find the best sandwich artists in the Capital Region, we asked our listeners on Facebook who serves up the best sandwiches and subs in the area, and these are the 10 best based on their votes! Happy eating!

Gallery Credit: Matty Jeff