Here we grow again! Savona’s Poughkeepsie!

Yes – the rumors are true.  We’re hard at work renovating our next location – Savona’s Trattoria Poughkeepsie!  We’re aiming for a January 2020 launch, on Collegeview Avenue… and can’t wait to see you all there!

From the Poughkeepsie Journal:

An Italian restaurant with locations in Kingston and Red Hook is looking to open in Poughkeepsie.

Savona’s Trattoria, a traditional Italian restaurant boasting a family-friendly atmosphere, aims to open mid-January, according to owner Stephen Savona.

“We’re taking that casual, family atmosphere and bringing the philosophy behind it to our Poughkeepsie location,” he said.

The restaurant will open at 1 Collegeview Ave., the former location of BC Kitchen and Bar, otherwise known as Babycakes. The business closed in 2018.

Savona said the restaurant has received all its permits, as well as its liquor license. Once construction is complete, he hopes to receive a certificate of occupancy.

Savona considered the idea of trying a new concept for the restaurant, but he felt the traditional, family-centric theme was one that would transfer well to Poughkeepsie.

That isn’t to say the restaurant is an exact replica; the new location will feature an industrial look contrasting the other restaurants’ more rustic decor.

“We’re doing a concrete bar, and the restaurant will feature a lot of grays and slate blues,” Savona said.

Yet guests can expect a traditional Italian menu, featuring pasta, wood-fired pizza, salads and more.

Both locations feature a lunch and dinner menu, as well as brunch specials. Savona’s also serves wine, beer and cocktails.

Savona acknowledged the neighborhood features other restaurants serving similar cuisine, but he felt the trattoria could distinguish itself on its atmosphere.

“There are a lot of great restaurants in the area, but we do things differently enough that I didn’t think we needed to change our concept,” he said.

The Poughkeepsie restaurant will seat about 65 people and employ about 25, with some staff transferring from the existing restaurants.”

From HV Mag:

This Hudson Valley Trattoria Brings Italian Burrata and Bolognese to Poughkeepsie

The Arlington eatery is the third location for Savona’s, which also dishes up deliciousness in Kingston and Red Hook.

An Italian-inspired eatery, Savona’s Trattoria has made a name in the Hudson Valley for its old-world fare made with Hudson Valley ingredients. Its original location is in Kingston, with the newer Red Hook location added to the family in 2017. Locals love Savona’s so much that they voted it the Best Italian Restaurant and the Best New Restaurant East of the Hudson (for its Red Hook location) in our Best of Hudson Valley Awards for 2018. It’s easy to see why, too.

With dishes like from-scratch baked manicotti and truffle mushroom pizza with truffle oil and goat cheese, the restaurant is a one-and-done hit for lovers of authentic Italian flavor in the region.

In 2020, Savona’s brings that Mediterranean flair to Poughkeepsie.

“Poughkeepsie’s always been on my radar,” says owner Stephen Savona. After BC Kitchen + Bar closed operations, he began to pursue the property. He had already heard praise for the location from former staff members who used to work in the area, and he appreciated its proximity to Vassar College and Main Street.

After receiving the OK from Vassar, Savona signed a lease on the space in July. Two months later, he began an overhaul on the interior. The renovation required more work than he originally anticipated — the entire sewer line needed to be replaced — but everything is happily on track to an opening in January 2020.

Inside, the restaurant will be a change from both BC Kitchen + Bar and the other Savona’s locations. Savona and his team redid the entire kitchen, built the bar from scratch, and replaced the floors. As for the aesthetic, the eatery embraces a more industrial atmosphere, with sleek grays and a concrete bar imparting a fresh, elegant look.

The food, however, will be the same — much to the joy of Hudson Valleyites who have experienced Savona’s homemade pastas and pizzas firsthand. As with its other locations, the eatery will utilize a mix of Hudson Valley ingredients, like vegetables from Migliorelli Farm, and imported Italian products. To deliver a taste of Italy in the Hudson Valley, the restaurant orders everything from burrata and mozzarella to olive oil and marinated peppers straight from la madrepatria.

So how will Savona’s fit into the Arlington dining scene?

Perfectly, as Savona sees it.

“I feel like there’s an opportunity for us to fit in well,” he says. “What we do, I don’t feel like it’s being done. I feel like we can add to the community and create our own niche.”

As with other restaurants in the area, Savona’s will accept Vassar College VCard payments. In the future, Savona hopes to collaborate with the college on internships and educational programming as well.

“We’re going to create a synergy with students and factulty,” he enthuses. “It’s a nice feeling to have an institution like Vassar want us to be part of their family.”

Savona’s is hiring, and applications can be submitted online at

This past Veteran’s Day…

It was a tremendous honor for my staff and I to serve over 200 complimentary lunches and dinners to our veterans, active and non-active this past Veterans Day, at both our Kingston and Red Hook locations.
To look out into our restaurant and see men and women in their uniforms,  sharing stories about their service, was truly beautiful.

Once again to all of out veterans – from all of us here at Savona’s Trattoria – Thank you for your service!!!

-Stephen Savona

Our family receives the Heritage award

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The Savona family will receive the Heritage Award at the 15th annual Business Recognition Awards in Saugerties.

Read more at the Daily Freeman

Donald Sutherland visits Savona’s Kingston!

Donald Sutherland dines at Savona’s on the Kingston Waterfront!

General Manager Celine Cooper and her crew making Mr. Sutherland’s dining experience ”an excellent Dinner”.

We’re Hiring!

Savona’s Trattoria is seeking Bartenders and Servers for our Red Hook and Poughkeepsie Locations. Read more

Savona’s supports Astor Services

Savona’s Trattoria was proud to donate the catering for Astor Services’ recent Ghost Stories Reception at the Ulster Performing Arts Center.

Astor provides behavioral health and educational services, offering children the opportunity to meet life’s challenges, pursue their dreams, and reach their full potential.

Pictured, from l-r… Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mayte Arguello-Savona, Stephen Savona, Hilarie Burton

More information about Astor Services at

Daryl Strawberry visits Savona’s Red Hook!

We were very pleased to be visited by none other than Darryl Strawberry at our Red Hook location!  He’s good man who is very involved in the recovery program. It’s an honor to have met him!!


Savona’s wins 2018 best of Hudson Valley!

We are proud to announce that Savona’s Trattoria of Red Hook has won the Best of Hudson Valley for best new restaurant east of the Hudson for 2018, and both Red Hook and Kingston won for best Italian Restaurant.

Thank you so much for your votes, and Buon Appetito!
Stephen, and the entire Savona family and staff.

“2018 Best of Hudson Valley” Winner!

Nearly eleven years ago, I opened Savona’s Trattoria here on the beautiful Kingston Waterfront.

Since that time, we’ve served tens of thousands of guests, and made many new friends – and longtime customers… and we opened a second location in Red Hook!

Well, those customers just helped us win Hudson Valley Magazine’s “Best of Hudson Valley” 2018 award for best Italian restaurant – for both our Kingston and Red Hook locations…. and Red Hook won for the best new restaurant east of the Hudson.

You can see the full list of awards HERE.

From all of us here at Savona’s Trattoria – thank you so much for your support and continued patronage, and Buon Appetito!


Stephen Savona