Sport Island Pub
 

About Us

The Lanzi Family Welcomes you to Sport Island Pub!

Waterfront Dining Overlooking the Great Sacandaga Lake!
Sport Island Pub is successfully run by three generations of the Lanzi Family.

Relax indoors or outside and discover the splendor of Adirondack ambiance. Serving Lunch and dinner – Summer and Winter. Featuring Italian family recipes, steaks and seafood. We have Courtesy Docks available, and offer a warm respite after a day of winter fun! Join us for your Special Event!

Fall Hours:

Thursday Open at
4 PM
Friday Open at
11 AM
Friday Open at
11 AM
Saturday Open at
11 AM
Sunday Open at
11 AM
Sunday Open at
12 PM

518-863-2003

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The Lanzi Story

When we were seven years old, we started helping out: mopping floors, peeling potatoes, washing dishes," says Lou Lanzi. "My parents always said, 'A little work will never hurt you.'

That simple approach has carried four generations of Lanzi's to success in the restaurant business. And nowhere can you see the success more clearly than at Lanzi's on the Lake.

"Everything's Homemade" including the family's own salad dressing. "We've had it since 1957," Chris Lanzi, executive chef, explains. "My father had just opened up Lorenzo's, and he wanted something unique to draw people in. My brother Lou first made up the dressing; my father tasted it and said, 'Geez, it has potential.' It's kind of a creamy Italian, but we threw a few other things into it, and there's really not another one like it." Salad devotees can buy bottles of the special dressing, not only at our restaurants, but also at Chatterbox in Amsterdam - owned, naturally, by two Lanzi sisters.

The reward for such outstanding cuisine comes from the patrons. "I get tons of comments," says Lou. "Just last Friday, we served people from New York City that have a camp near here. His job is entertaining clients in Manhattan, so he goes to all the best restaurants. He told us our food was as good, if not better, than any restaurant in Manhattan. That was quite a compliment."

Creating all this success began with the ingredient that carries it to this day: hard work. "When our grandfather came over from Rome, he worked on the railroad and in the carpet mills," Lou recounts. "He worked two jobs because he wanted to own his own business." In about three years, he realized that dream by buying a small store. From that humble start, he eventually owned a Prohibition-era speakeasy and Amsterdam's only banquet house complete with professional boxing in the back room.

Growing up in those circumstances was Lorenzo, who learned the trade at his father's restaurants and shared his entrepreneurial spirit. "In the '50s, Dad wanted to get out on his own," Lou says, "so he broke away and opened his own restaurant" - the same Lorenzo's that delighted Amsterdam patrons for years. True to his upbringing, Lorenzo set his own nine children to work in the new restaurant. The result? His five sons: Lou, Chris, Tony, Joe and Larry now operate Lanzi's on the Lake, Sport Island Pub, Partner's Pub,and Lakeside Tavern and marina - not to mention a flourishing off-premises catering business.

And then there's the work of passing on the business to the next generation - a process that, according to Lou, is already beginning. "When my son was eight - he put the apron on, wrote the specials down, took water to the tables, and set up. He's very serious about it. One day, 'Dad, how old do you have to be in order to be a busboy?' I said, 'Thirteen.' He said, 'Darn it!"'

Not to worry. His day will come - because the Lanzi legacy should continue pleasing patrons for generations!

" "When our grandfather came over from Rome, he worked on the railroad and in the carpet mills," Lou recounts. "He worked two jobs because he wanted to own his own business." In about three years, he realized that dream by buying a small store."

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Gift Cards

We offer the best deal in the area! A Lanzi's gift card is redeemable at all 4 of our area restaurants!

Ask about the Lanzi's reward program!
Earn Points whenever you dine-in or take out! You will earn one point for each dollar spent. (Excluding service charge, tip, coupons or other discounts)
Every dollar spent equals 1 point. 25 points equals one dollar in food and beverages. Points do not expire, and can be used any time while dining at any of our three restaurants for food and beverage only,


  • Partner's Pub and Grill
  • Sport Island Pub
  • Lanzi's on the Lake
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Our Locations

4 Lanzi Family Restaurants for your Convenience


Lanzi's on the Lake

1751 State Highway 30
Mayfield, NY 12117, USA
+1 518 661 7711

Sport Island Pub

108 Riverside Boulevard
Northville, NY 12134, USA
+1 518 863 2003

Lakeside Tavern & Marina

306 Woods Hollow Road
Gloversville, NY 12078, USA
+1 518 883 5253

Partner's Pub & Grill

21 S. William Street
Johnstown, NY 12095, USA
+1 518 762 2337

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Catering

We love Parties and have many options to choose from!

Buffet

Offering everything from brunch to full dinners - on or off site!

  • Company Picnics
  • Company Lunches/Dinners
  • Holiday Parties
  • Corporate Catering

Buffet One PDF Menu to Print

Buffet Two PDF Menu to Print

Brunch Menu PDF Menu to Print

Party Platters TO GO

Unique platters are the perfect choice for hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, or simple platters for group events of any size.

Cold Cut Platter PDF Menu to Print

New Party Platters to Go Menus Coming Soon!

Weddings & Parties

A Party overlooking the Great Sacandaga Lake will be remembered for years to come! We offer on and off site menus and options!

  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Baby Showers
  • Holiday Parties
  • Corporate Catering

Download a Contract PDF Menu to Print

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Testimonials

High Peaks Happy Hour: Sport Island Pub

"Looking to expand our research to the outer reaches of the Adirondack Park, we set the GPS for Northville and opted for the scenic route through Stony Creek to Sacandaga Lake. Low speed limits and even slower drivers allowed us a leisurely opportunity to observe the views around the Sacandaga and glimpse the lake front homes. Sport Island Pub, our targeted destination, proved to be easy to find. Its lake front location, barely off the beaten path, is surrounded by summer homes. Decks on two levels visible from the parking area, wood sided with three dormers poking through the roof, the textured cinder block building left us curious about what we would find inside.

Greeted by a hostess upon entering, we waved her off and headed straight to the bar. The partially occupied horseshoe-shaped bar, of gleaming pine, with overhead custom oak Cabinetry, glasses suspended in decorative archways, is the focal point of the room. With an unfinished hardwood floor, wide rough pine walls, a two-tone post and beam ceiling, and a stone fireplace, the interior exhibits a simple but striking rusticity while natural toned arrow-backed Windsor chairs soften the edges.

Admiring the nautical appeal of the circular brass draft beer pours which stand center stage at the end of an island within the bar, Kim made her selection immediately – a Saranac Blueberry Blonde – from among ten choices. Pam, as usual, needed more time. With no signature drinks offered, the bartender happily volunteering to make whatever Pam wanted. Pam pulled out her cell phone, searching the Happy Hour in the High Peaks help desk (our blog) for an appropriate recipe, finally settling on the Boreas Pond, a melon-based beverage she felt befitted her mood. She passed the recipe on to the bartender.

Raising the curiosity of bystanders, the bright green concoction prompted questions. Soon we were explaining our mission, sharing recipes, and receiving a rather extensive list of other places we should visit in the park. Wraeann is an avid snowmobiler, has covered most of the Park on her trips, and seems to know a lot about the bars we have visited and many we have not. Mark (aka Stormcat), an attorney with a degree in molecular biology, is fairly new to the region, but seems to know a little something about the underground bar scene in the area. We look forward to being enlightened.

A capacious open floor plan in the bar and restaurant area offers a variety of seating with booths along the walls and several large tables in the center seating up to eight each, with plenty of space in between them. A little wandering reveals a continuation of the bar into the fully windowed sunroom overlooking the lake. The bar in the sunroom seats 12 while the main bar accommodates another 16 patrons on comfortable padded stools. The sunroom offers a variety of table options, all with a view. Off the sunroom is an outdoor deck with six more tables for dining or drinking with companions. A word of caution: the Sport Island Pub’s deck has a live webcam, with viewing from its website. If you prefer not to have your whereabouts public, choose seating away from the carved bear. Though not immediately noticed, we learned there were also six beach front picnic tables for less formal seating by the lake. An additional room is located upstairs for private parties and includes its own deck as well.

An ATM is on site, as well as several electronic games in the sun room. We counted four TVs and two Quick Draw monitors, strategically placed. WiFi is available as is fully functional cell phone service. Another turn around the exterior revealed a sign reading Lions Meet Here Wed. Gotta trust the Lions to know where to gather. Though parking in the immediate vicinity wasn’t proportionate to the capacity within, the owner, Anthony Lanzi, pointed out that there were several public parking areas nearby.

Anthony, owner of the Sport Island Pub for the past 16 years, is a gracious host. He also owns another club, Lanzi’s on the Lake, in nearby Mayfield and still within the Park. Looks like we’ll have to get back to the Northville area to continue our quest. The bar and restaurant are open Wednesday through Sunday between Labor Day and Memorial Day, and daily at 11 a.m. for the summer season. The Sport Island Pub is both a summer and winter destination with plenty of activities for any season. A Mexican Night special, Coors Lite drink specials, radio station hostings, motorcycle races, and ice fishing are just a few of the attractions offered throughout the year. Musical entertainment is featured regularly throughout the summer.

Soon after informing us that the pub is known for its Mojitos, Anthony surprised us each with a sample, complete with his homegrown mint sprigs. Pam has professed to dislike Mojitos, but quickly changed her mind after trying these. Thank you, Anthony, for expanding her drink horizons and Tucker, for the expert preparation! Be sure to try one when you visit Sport Island Pub, particularly if you think you don’t like Mojitos.

Sometimes a forgotten or overlooked region of the Adirondack Park, the Great Sacandaga Lake patiently waits to be noticed. Unlike many of the resort towns of the park, this area is not overrun with great throngs of people and heavy traffic. The pace seems to be more in line with what a vacation is supposed to be. - See article "

Kim And Pam Ladd Warrensburg, New York

Best place for a casual meal in the area!

"It's my go to place for a nice casual meal in the area. Drive your car or your boat up. In summer eat out on the deck and watch kids or friends play on the beach."

Mary L Riverside, New Jersey

Beach front Lunch

"Good location for lunch after a morning on the lake. The food was good "beach/pub" food and the people were very nice. Large portions, lots of families and a nice view of the lake. We visited twice, we ate inside on a cold rainy day and outside on a beautify sunny day. On the sunny day they had a bounce house our granddaughters loved and we enjoyed because it allowed a leisurely lunch for all."

BeaandRichTampa, Florida

Arrive by boat

"The Sport Island Pub has a beachy, casual style.everyone is friendly, the food is great and best of all, you can ride up in your boat. We love bringing guests to our house there and they enjoy it as well!"

Susan L Oceanside, New York

Right on the lake and food is great!

"Though a little hard to find, this place is worth the search! It sits right on Great Sacandaga Lake. We were there in winter so the lake was frozen. Great warm up spot for the snow mobilers! We sat on the enclosed porch which was warm and toasty from their fireplace. The food was exceptional. I had their beer battered shrimp which, tho' on the appetizer menu, was all I ordered and it was a basket full of good sized shrimp in a light beer batter. My friend had the stuffed fish w/ dill dressing with a very interesting fresh green bean with roasted red pepper side.

We had one of the friendliest and attentive waitresses that I can remember having in a long while. I have absolutely no complaints. Hats off to the SIP! We're going to return for a summer visit - and this will be one of our first stops."

db_victorny Victor, New York

“Great waterfront location

"It's a lively, casual restaurant with a large deck and terrific lake view. We were there the night of the fireworks on the lake, and the restaurant and deck were packed. Even with this huge crowd the service was excellent and our food was very good.

MD3002Baltimore, Maryland

Relaxed and Fun!

" Attended Sport Island for a catered function in the upstairs room. Attentive staff, great food. Even stopped by the bar for a drink on the way out. Must be a riot in the summer time. Big deck, fantastic lake views, even a beach. I'm coming back to this little Adirondack gem."

jelmwood Albany, New York

Great place on Sacandaga

"Fav spot to hit up when I am in the area and back on home turf. Been going here for years, great place to hang out with friends for drinks or to enjoy a nice dinner. Love going in the summer and sitting on the deck enjoying drinks and the views of the lake. Staff is always awesome to deal with and they run a tight ship for sure. My favorite pub to go back to in the southern 'dacks!"

special k Lake Placid, New York

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News & Events

18th Annual Great Sacandaga Road Race

Saturday
October 22nd

10L30 AM

Race day registration: 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Race start: 10:30 a.m.
Entry Fee: Pre-registered: $20; Day of Race: $25
Shirts guaranteed if registration received by October 4th
Gala post-race buffet featuring hot and cold entries and beverages compliments of Sport Island Pub
($7 donation for buffet by non-runners)
Awards to 1 st overall, male and female, and to top three, male and female, in 14 &under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+ age groups.
Questions? Contact Ann Kenyon at 775-1877 or Email
OR Marty Greene at 863-6407 or Email

 

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

   108 Riverside Blvd
Northville, NY 12134
43.216483, -74.181888

  + 1 518 863 2003