End Cut is yet another great addition to the New Paltz dining scene. It is located in a neighborhood cluster of favorite destinations on Church Street, including Hokkaido, and newcomer, Huckleberry. Proprietor, Jordan Schor, who also brought you Jordan’s Bistro & Pizzeria in New Paltz and Solstice in Kingston, opened his newest restaurant last year.
It’s hard to imagine now, but thirty years ago there were no restaurants serving authentic rustic home style Italian food anywhere in the Hudson Valley. Back then, Italian meant red sauce and pasta and more often than not what you were served were “Italian-American” dishes like garlic bread with veal or chicken parmigiana or lobster fra Diavolo, or shrimp scampi (none of which would be found in Italy). Oh, how times have changed….
Eddie Lauria’s latest enterprise, Grano Focacceria, offers an opportunity to sample classic Italian home style baking in an informal, casual, and very inexpensive venue. Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Just fantastic homestyle baking the way your mother did it….if your mother was the best cook in the neighborhood….in Naples.
Mercato is a tiny local place, with a cozy wine bar that seats a grand total of eight patrons, and a main dining room that seats a few dozen more. An adjacent dining room is called The Pasta Shop. When they first opened it was ……a pasta shop!….., but more seats were much in need and the retail shop space was sacrificed to make room for more diners. There is a reason that more space was needed. The food here is fantastic.
Pasta doesn’t get any more “homemade” than this. Right next to the bar, out in the dining room, a long wooden farm table was set with a stand mixer and pasta roller attachment. As I sipped on my wine, kitchen staff emerged to take turns using the roller.
Il Cenacolo 228 South Plank Road Newburgh, NY12550 Lunch: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri Dinner: Wed through Monday Closed Tuesday Phone 845.564.4494 Website It has been almost twenty five years since Il Cenacolo opened its doors, in 1988. I still can recall the excited phone call from a friend that prompted my first visit to the […]
The restaurant’s name, and the sign that greets you in the bar, tells the story well – “Tutti a Tavola!” or “Everyone ~ At the table!”; mom’s call to dinner in every Italian household. Mangia!
Il Barilotto Enoteca 1113 Main Street Fishkill, NY 12524 845-897-2031 Map & Directions Lunch & Dinner: Monday ~ Saturday Closed Sunday Years ago, when Eduardo and Lucia Lauria, the owners of Aroma Osteria in Wappingers Falls, told me about their plans for a second restaurant in nearby Fishkill, I remember thinking at the time that […]
Kingston Rondout Waterfront 11 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 845-339-6800 Lunch & Dinner, 7 Days www.savonas.com The re-development of the Kingston Rondout waterfront started long before development efforts got underway in neighboring Newburgh and Poughkeepsie. The Kingston planners did a lot of things right (including easy access and lots of free parking), and the Rondout area […]
Gigi Trattoria 6422 Montgomery St Rhinebeck, NY 12572 Phone: 845 876 1007 Website: www.gigihudsonvalley.com Lunch & Dinner – Seven Days The choice of vegetables in autumn is bitter sweet for me. Some of my favorite dishes are available this time of year, but I look forward to them with mixed emotions. I know that this […]