I wanted to take the time to let you know that the NDR Holiday Dinner was a smashing success thanks to you and your staff. The table worked out wonderfully and the sumptuous food from appetizers to dessert were loved by all. I am glad to see the restaurant is received so well by the community. The dinner was delicious.

Happy Holidays to you and your staff.

Adele G.

Good Evening,

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know about our experience tonight at your restaurant.
First, it is one of our favorites and we come to your restaurant for just about every birthday, holiday and our Christmas Eve dinner. Tonight we were there for our daughter’s 17th birthday. We had the blonde waitress with the glasses that was training a new girl ( I want to kick myself for not catching her name ) but I wanted to let you know that she was PHENOMENAL! She was quite possibly the best waitress we have ever had! She was attentive, super friendly and just all around fantastic! The food was wonderful as always but she made my daughters birthday perfect.
Thank you for a wonderful evening and that girl is perfect at her job!

Have a good night,
Ragin B.

I want to thank you so much for everything today. It was beyond perfect! You were accommodating to my every wish over the past weeks and today your staff was over the top with our every little detail. The venue, the food, the staff….I can’t say enough…This was such a special and important day for my daughter and the only word I can use to describe it is “perfect”!
Thank you so much and thank you to your wonderful staff..

Thank you

I wanted to take some time this morning to thank you for all you did to make our anniversary celebration such a success.
The setting was perfect! (as was the weather, but I thanked God for that! lol), and we knew the food would be beyond compare.
Boy, was it ever! Everything was delicious. The whole family was very happy with everything from the appetizers to the vegetables.
Then the cannolis in addition to our cake was the best!
Not only was the music a wonderful touch, but he played so much of the kind of music we love, it was as if we made up his playlist.
Paige and Rachel were amazing. They couldn’t have been more attentive, and helpful. No one would ever know they were handling two parties at the same time! We couldn’t have been more impressed. They couldn’t have been nicer.
And Celine….thank you for checking with us so many times, to make sure our party was what we wanted, and that we were happy.
As I told you, it couldn’t have been any better. Perfect in every way.
This 50th anniversary was very special to us, and we had a picture in our minds for what we wanted. And we got it. In every way.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely, Lynn and Jim M.

I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for Everything with planning and having the birthday dinner Saturday night in the garden! We all had a great time and I have to especially thank the staff there!! They are just wonderful and did an awesome job especially juggling the weddings going on before and during our party, everyone was very pleased and they all told me they loved the food!!!! (“best penne alla vodka ever” my brother said) I can not thank you all enough for making the birthday party so very special!
Thanks again and see you soon,
Laurie and Kevin

We had our rehearsal dinner at Savona’s Next Door this past Friday and it was a wonderful evening. The venue, the food and both Rachel and Paige were terrific.
Everyone raved about the food – which was both plentiful and delicious. Rachel and Paige were great – they were very attentive to our group and made sure everything went smoothly.
I don’t think the night could have been any better. Thank you so much for a great time.
Dennis L

Kudos to your restaurant and staff. everyone loved your food and your staff was very accommodating.
Thank you again for everything,

Joann and family

We had such a GREAT time Friday evening; it was perfect. As usual, Lacey was wonderful and the food superior. A few of us think the Napoleon should always be on the menu…mouth-watering.
Thank you for accommodating us so graciously.

Dear Stephen,
I wanted to let you know that your team did a great job, and the event went perfectly. Our guests complemented the food and service. Thank you for making my husband’s party a happy and memorable event.
Nicole C.

Having eaten at the Trattoria many times and because of it’s great downtown Kingston waterfront location, I chose to host TWO events this summer at Savona’s Next Door…a family reunion of 60 people and a high school reunion of 30. Both were huge successes and SND was a main reason why!

The space for a private event is amazing. They converted what had been a bit of a Kingston dive bar into a glorious space with exposed brick walls, high ceilings and lots of old wood, including the bar. It just feels like it’s been part of the neighborhood for generations. They also have an open space between the Trattoria and SND that we were given for the family party. Made a great space for cocktails and appetizer before moving inside for the main meal.

The food is so good! My Aunt, who is approaching 80 and not one easily pleased, said “This is the best Italian food I’ve had in years!” And she lives in Denver, which has it’s share of amazing food venues. Everything was fresh, cooked perfectly and kept at the right temperature. We had everything served family style, of course! At the HS reunion, it was buffet and equally as good.

The key ingredient for making each event successful was the service! Such a happy and helpful group. They seemed genuinely pleased that we were there and could not do enough to accommodate us. They felt as much a part of the events as any of us.

So…..if you are stressing about planning your next event (hey…i had TWO to plan…stress x2!!), check out Savona’s Next Door. I could not have been happier with the way it all worked out so that I could just enjoy myself, worry free!

Paul R.

Hey Stephen,

Just wanted to write you an email to say a MASSIVE Thank you for all that you and your wonderful staff did yesterday for my mother’s surprise birthday party. It was a HUGE hit. Everyone has called this morning to tell us how lovely Savona’s is and how amazing the food was.

They keep saying the same things 1) the Next Door is the perfect private event space! The atmosphere reminded them all of being in a restaurant in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The ambiance is very chic and it’s perfect for a family get together. 2) The food was beyond delicious, fresh, perfectly spiced, and definitely old school Italian. Everyone is OBSESSING over the bread sticks, Salmon, and Canolli’s. They all walked away full to the brim! 3) YOUR STAFF WAS UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!! Celine (sp?) was so sweet and extremely attentive. I think she went over to every single person and made sure they had everything they needed and made sure we were all having a good time. Christopher was awesome at the bar. He as well went over to every single person and made sure their drinks were full at all times. He was even able to take special requests that blew our mind. My husband randomly asked for pineapple juice at one point and with no hesitation, he delivered. Your server (didn’t catch his name) was quick on his feet, very friendly, and precise. As for everyone else who helped at yesterday’s event, they are all rockstars and deserve acknowledging.

To say that we walked away after yesterdays party satisfied and pleased is definitely an understatement. You guys all went above and beyond for my mom and for that we can not thank you enough. She really had the time of her life and felt like a queen. Without you this would have never been possible. I am so thankful for all your hard work as well as your staff’s. Savona’s most definitely will continue to be our go to whenever we have an event to celebrate in the future. However now not just for your catering but, the venue!!!!

I haven’t seen my mother that happy in years and I haven’t seen my family have that much fun in years!

Will see you for the next one!

Forever thankful,

– Tatiana

Stephen & Staff

First and foremost, Thank You for the GREAT time you gave us this evening. You, your staff and your expertise gave us an enjoyable evening. All the comments that came back to me were all very positive…….Great place….Private….Excellent food….This was a home run!! I am only sorry that more members were not there to enjoy the evening, but I am sure they will next time.


Steve Connors

Dear Stephen, Jessica and Celine,

Thank you all for helping to make Precision Care’s holiday party such a wonderful event. The room was a delightful winter wonderland, the food was superb and everyone had a great time thanks to your exceptional customer service. Your caring and friendly manner and your meticulous attention to every detail was truly outstanding and greatly appreciated.

With much gratitude and warmest wishes for a very merry Christmas and a new year filled with peace and happiness,

Barbara J

I just wanted to say thank you for everything tonight and to let you know everything was better than I could have hoped and your staff was on point and attentive and they did a great job. Everyone loved the food and the service and I just wanted to say thank you. I think I’m your new spokesperson because a few people asked about having a party there so I gave them the unofficial lowdown ha ha. Anyway thank you again. Isabelle had the most amazing party in your space and I’m so grateful for everything. Thank you!

Tamme S

I want to let you know how pleased I, and the Board of the Kingston Sailing Club, was with our event Sunday night. From start to finish everything went well. When I came in, the room looked beautiful and was set up nicely. When our members started arriving, the servers started passing the delicious, abundant hors d’oeuvres and continued for the entire cocktail hour. My favorite was the bruschetta! Once seated, the salad and entrees came promptly and there was plenty for everyone. We coordinated with Jessica on the timing of our awards presentation and serving of coffee/dessert and it went flawlessly.Feedback that night and over the past few days has been great. People really enjoyed the food, the service was superior and the space brought everyone back to the Rondout one last time for the year.For my part I really want to compliment Jessica and Hernan for their excellent customer service and attention to detail; it was a pleasure working with them. Somehow they hadn’t gotten the message we had a request for a vegan dinner and they responded quickly and professionally and brought one over from the trattoria.Over all we had a nice time, even our toughest critics were happy, and I would definitely recommend Savona’s for lovely space to hold an event. Thank you for making me look like a hero for choosing your location!


We just wanted to say thank you for the amazing service and delicious food yesterday for our daughters confirmation gathering. Everything went smoothly from the time that we got there till the time we left. Jess was a great server and a joy to deal with. I appreciate you responding to my emails and accommodating us with the time change of the party. My husband said to me he can’t wait for our next family gathering at your restaurant. Thank you so much again for everything.


Thank you so much for following up!
The night went perfectly!
The food was wonderful and everyone was so impressed with the place. The staff was wonderful too 🙂 they couldn’t have been more attentive.
Thank you so much for everything…. We”ll be back to the restaurant soon, and will always highly recommend it!


We would like to thank you and your staff for our dinner party last night. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the servers and bartenders were wonderful. Everyone had a great time and was very impressed with “Savona’s Next Door”. Thank you so much for everything!

Ed & Toni W

We just wanted to say thank you for the amazing service and delicious food yesterday for our daughters confirmation gathering. Everything went smoothly from the time that we got there till the time we left. Jess was a great server and a joy to deal with. I appreciate you responding to my emails and accommodating us with the time change of the party. My husband said to me he can’t wait for our next family gathering at your restaurant. Thank you so much again for everything.



I can’t tell you how completely happy we were with yesterday’s luncheon. Where shall I start?
1) privacy in our own space to visit and move around freely
2) all preparations were in order just as I had asked
3) lovely atmosphere
4) absolutely delicious food–and some are Italian, so that says a lot!
5) portion size was perfect for lunchtime, or any time
6) wait staff was courteous and very efficient
7) we ate in the timeframe I had hoped for, thanks to your attention to that detail, so all travelers could get home or to the airport on time
8) prices were very reasonable
9) you were so kind to correspond with via Internet

The only bad thing was the fact that the bride and groom couldn’t get there to join us and enjoy it all–they were tied up with other details. I plan to contact you sometime in the future to purchase a gift card for them. Then when they’re in town from Syracuse they can enjoy their own meal at your fine restaurant.

Again, our sincere thanks for a great job. You managed to be the “icing on the cake” of our wedding weekend.

Sue F

The shower was wonderful…all I was hoping for…. The food was delicious and the staff was awesome !! Everyone commented on how beautiful your venue was….my daughter and I were so, so pleased with everything. Thank you so much !!!

All the best,

Cindy D.

Thank you for all your hard work along with your staff to make an unpleasant day very enjoyable for all. The girls worked very hard and the food was absolutely delicious. You most certainly know how to run an excellent restaurant business. I wish you much luck in the future. If I’m ever in the area I will be sure to stop in to thank you personally.
John J


My wife and I would like to thank you for all you did to make our son’s 25th Anniversary Party a huge success. We appreciate what you did to be sure that we had the four foot tables which we had requested. As you could see, it was the perfect size to accommodate the flowers and all the food platter and make everyone comfortable. John did his usual great job in making the venue look spectacular!

We also want to compliment your staff on the great job they did. They were helpful in setting up and also made the guests very comfortable throughout the evening. Also, the food was wonderful and plentiful and enjoyed by all our guests..

Thanks so much for everything, Stephen.

Vince T

(The party) was a great success! The food was excellent, as was the staff. It was handled beautifully. The guests loved the space as well, and were very impressed with the food and service. Thanks!


Thanks Stephen for Saturday. There was the perfect amount of food! There was a little of each left over so we got to feed the sheriffs on the river which was nice. Everybody Raved about it and we made sure they knew where it came from! Your crew did a great job. Celine especially.
Thanks Again,

John DeForest
North River Charters

Dear Stephen,

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding experience we had last night at my daughter’s graduation party.
The food was delicious, with generous servings, (we are enjoying our take home portions today!).
The service was exceptional; your staff was not only attentive but friendly, pleasant and really made sure that my guests were never without a drink or appetizer. Celine checked in often and answered my questions ahead of time, and the other young woman helping her just was wonderful with a great personality.

I also appreciated that you came out and touched base with me and my guests, that has not always been my experience at other venues.
Also,the garden was perfectly set for what we needed with background music, also lacking at other venues.

I have to tell you that I am getting calls and emails from my friends raving about the experience last night.

I have had many parties and gatherings at other restaurants,(with 3 children we have had our share of Baptisms, Communions etc.), and I have never been treated so well with such an amazing array and quantity of food! I am so happy that my brother recommended the Trattoria.

Thank you for your commitment to the customer and I will be sure to not only highly recommend your restaurant, but our next event will be there!

Thank you again,
Mary Anne M

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say what a lovely time our group had a Savona’s a few weeks ago. The food was delicious and your entire team was so warm and hospitable, making us feel right at home. I also wanted to particularly thank you for accommodating those two last minute requests and making a vegan plate and a gluten-free one. The entire process of working with you was so incredibly smooth and easy. Next time we are back in Kingston, Savona’s will definitely be our lunch stop.
Asya D

Good Morning Stephen,
I just wanted to thank you so much for all you did for Phil’s party. I received so many compliments from all our guests. The food was amazing, but more than that —- your staff was super! They checked with me so many times to see if everything was ok and they made sure everyone was happy. We have dealt with many restaurants in the past and have never seen such an accommodating staff. That truly says a lot about your restaurant and your family!
When I get pictures I will send them to you!
Once again, thank you so much. It was a day we will always remember!

Melissa N

Thanks again for a lovely afternoon! I am so happy we decided to host our party with you. The food was awesome, the drinks were perfect, and your servers are just the sweetest.

Here are a few pics from the decorations as you requested! Feel free to do with them what you would like.

Have a great weekend! We will definitely refer you to all of our friends…

Michelle M


We just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful job you and your staff did for our party!! Everything was wonderful and the food was delicious! The servers did an incredible job!!

Thank you so much!

Tammy and Mark

What a great meeting we had on Tuesday April 28th at Savona’s Next Door! Lots of great discussion, laughter and Italian story telling! And oh, yes, some great Italian food provided by Savona’s Trattoria. Many thanks to Stephen Savona and his staff.
Anthony Marmo
Ulster County Italian Americans

Dear Mr. Savona,

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of eating at your restaurant for the first time. It was a group of about 30 people after a funeral. Everything was wonderful and I wanted you to know how pleased I was.

Eating out can be a problem for me with a garlic allergy, but your wait staff and chef were so accommodating! I was able to eat almost the same things as everyone else, just garlic free.

The girls who served us were attentive to our every request and did so with a smile. They couldn’t have been nicer. Our food was delicious and very generous as well.

I was impressed with your food and service and will gladly recommend your restaurant to our friends who often dine out. A special thank you for meeting my special needs in such an efficient and friendly manner. Eating out is often very difficult for me.

Thank you for such a lovely time after a sad funeral. We all left feeling much better!

Sharon G

My husband and I were in tonight for dinner. It was the first time we have eaten in Kingston. We stopped in to a few other places and looked at their menus before deciding on Savona’s. It was very busy but Celine was quick to welcome us at the door and get us seated. We sat in the bar area. We loved the house cab, the bread, our salads, and the garlic steak! Celine was very busy but did an absolutely great job in attending to us and her other tables, in addition to the bar and seating new customers who came in. Our food runner was amazing also and made sure that we were all set before she left us. We loved our experience! We’re not local but we will definitely keep you in mind for our outings since our experience was wonderful! Thank you!

Jessica and James F

I just wanted to say thank you. The party turned out great. Everyone had a great time. The food and the service was outstanding.

I received many compliments. The space was fantastic. Exactly what I wanted :). My Dad had a great time.

thanks so much !!

Darlene M

The shower was very nice – and the staff that worked our event were very kind. Cristina had a wonderful day and a beautiful memory was created.

Margie C

I just wanted to let you know my family and I had a great time at your restaurant. Our servers were outstanding! The food was awesome and everyone remarked about how beautiful the tent set up was.

I really appreciate all you did for helping me plan for this, and can’t say enough kind words about the excellent service we received.

Thanks again!

I just wanted to take a moment, and thank you and your wonderful staff for an excellent evening. Your venue looks wonderful and the food was great. We hope life treats you and your family well. See you again soon.
Jeremy P

Thank you so so much for Saturday night. Our group had a great time. The food was great and your servers were excellent. The cocktail hour in the new bar was a perfect start. Thank you for accommodating all the requests.

All the best,
Jeremy S

Yesterday was our engagement dinner which was a party of 25 people. The reason we decided to host it at Savona’s Trattoria was because this is where our relationship blossomed. One of our first dates was here and from then on every time my fiancé asked me where we should go for dinner this was were I wanted to go. The environment is always warm, welcoming, and romantic.

The cuisine is filled with taste and presented with class. Although I asked our family and friends to travel, some over two hours, we knew it would be worth it and it was. Some of our guests being from the city were pleasantly surprised and can’t wait to come back.

Stephen, you have an amazing restaurant with a professional and friendly staff. Thank you for all you have given us, a place we will always come back to, to create even more memories. My grandfather who was the top chef in one of Manhattan’s most elegant restaurants was impressed and asks that I give his compliments to your chef.

Thanks again and we will see you soon!

Always, L and T

I want to say a BIG thank you to Steve and his staff for the incredible dinner party they threw for my husband’s 40th birthday last night. The food was amazing, the staff were so wonderful. I can’t thank you all enough!!! Can’t wait to return!!
Tracey R

Stephen & Staff

First and foremost, Thank You for the GREAT time you gave us this evening. You, your staff and your expertise gave us an enjoyable evening. All the comments that came back to me were all very positive…….Great place….Private….Excellent food….This was a home run!! I am only sorry that more members were not there to enjoy the evening, but I am sure they will next time.


Steve C

Hi Stephen,

I just want to thank you so much for such a great shower. The food was excellent and I can’t tell you how attentive Celine and Victoria were. Everyone was so complimentary of them.

The room looked great as well. So happy that it is now part of Savona’s. If we ever have another party, we will definitely call you.

Please tell Celine and Victoria how great we thought they were.

Thanks again!

Peggy M.


My wife and I did not get a chance to speak with you after Saturday’s rehearsal party.
We would like to extend our thanks to you and you staff for the great meal and desserts. The food was excellent and the staff was superb.
We will be glad to recommend your establishment to anyone!

Verne G.

Hi Stephen,
We all had a great time! Your staff were very accommodating and the food was delicious.
We will certainly keep you in mind in the future! 🙂

Thanks again,
Mary W.

Thanks so much! The shower was great. The food, the place was wonderful, everyone had a great time!

Thanks Again,
Bianca C.

Dear Stephen:
I just wanted to let you know that our lunch at Savona’s was just great. The food was wonderful, the wait staff was great. Our waitress, Becky, was so great. She was there for all of our needs, even remembering our names.
Everyone was satisfied and made nice comments on the food.
Thank you so much. I would book another party at your place. Thank you so much.
Sharon O


It was so wonderful, thank you so much! The food was excellent, the service was great and the atmosphere was perfect. We couldn’t have had a more perfect day! Thanks again.