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 savonas.com/were-hiring.