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“Great Food and Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Confetti Ristorante & Vinoteca

Confetti Ristorante & Vinoteca
200 Ash St, Piermont, NY 10968-1000
+1 845-365-1911
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Ranked #7 of 18 Restaurants in Piermont
Cuisines: European, Italian, Pizza & Pasta, Wine Bar
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: From Hell's Kitchen To Piermont Arturo Lepore, the chef and owner of Piermont's Confetti, is committed to cooking dishes "the same way they are cooked in Italy." By Jerry Eimbinder | Email the author | September 28, 2010 Piermont's Confetti has a story that begins in a troubled metropolitan neighborhood. Confetti chef and owner Arturo Lepore grew up in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, an area in midtown known for its tenement housing and turbulent role in the history of New York City. In 1959, Lepore's father and uncle opened a pizzeria in Hell's Kitchen called Mimi's-Lepore, just 12-years-old at the time, was in the kitchen grating cheese on opening day. But he was a fast learner: a few years later he was hired as a prep cook by Giodano's, a neighborhood Italian restaurant. From there on out he continued to climb the culinary ladder: at 19 he joined Lapace-an upscale Italian restaurant-as a pasta chef, training under respected restaurateur and chef Tony May. In his early 20s, Lepore went to work as sous chef at a resplendent restaurant called The Opera in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where he learned to cook international dishes like pheasant and quail. Next, Lepore joined La Pitite Auberge, a classic French restaurant in Cresskill, New Jersey, and worked for chef Jean Breque who was formerly the executive chef at New York City's Maxwell's Plum. (Maxwell's Plum was a famous First-Avenue restaurant that mixed food and flamboyance in the mid-1960s and won a four-star rating from The New York Times.) In 1980, Lepore and his twin brother Steve opened a 70-seat restaurant in Norwood, New Jersey called Confetti. Five years later, when they needed larger space, they upgraded to a 275-seat restaurant called Parmigiano in Old Tappan, New Jersey, often preparing 500 or more meals a night. After Parmigiano, it seemed like the end of restaurant ventures; Lepore's brother retired 2007, and Arthur one year later. But when he strolled past Pasta Amore in Piermont this year, the owner called out to Lepore in jest. "Arturo, buy my place," the owner joked. "Get back in the business." Lepore laughed, but shortly afterwards he realized his sons, Joseph and Sam, were serious about pursuing careers as restaurateurs. So he decided to come out of retirement and bought Pasta Amore from its owner. A major redesign was undertaken by architect Martin Santini. From the start, Lepore decided that Confetti would offer authentic Italian dishes and cook meals "the same way they are cooked in Italy." New menu in preparation (and some suggestions from the chef) This October, Lepore will introduce a new fall/winter menu. The menu is still in the planning stages, Lepore said, so the following preview may be subject to change. At this point, it looks like veal chop-an old-time Confetti favorite-will go on the menu. Another addition is a pasta dish with duck ragu sauce (the homemade noodle has yet to be determined, Lepore said). The lasagna will undergo a change, too, but exactly how this will be accomplished hasn't been decided yet either; a pasta with almonds now on the menu will be dropped. Branzino (sea bass) is one of Confetti's most popular main courses, and it remains on the menu. It can be ordered whole or filleted, but Lepore recommends choosing the whole-fish option. Spada(swordfish) will be replaced by striped bass and/or halibut. Lamb osso bucco will bow in on the new menu but Tagliata, a sirloin steak, gives way to filet mignon in red wine sauce. Vitello Saltimbocca (sauteed veal with prosciuttto di parma and sage in a marsala sauce over spinach) stays on the menu. Rabbit will be offered on occasion as a special. Other game will also appear from time to time as specials, including venison, pheasant and possibly quail. New to the appetizer list will be a Venetian version of sardines and Cipollini onions and also cannelloni and shrimp with onions. Boar salami will become an antipasti choice. One dish that is certainly sticking around is Lepore's favorite, Chicken Country Style-a combination of chicken, sausage, peppers, potatoes and onions in a sweet and sour sauce. "It has layers and layers of flavor," he said. Much of the food at Confetti is homemade including the bread, pasta and desserts, Lepore added. Confetti buys its flour from suppliers in Italy. Some of Lepore's inspiration has come from trips to Italy-he recently visited a wine show in Verona and attended a food show in Palma looking for cheeses, condiments and meats. Confetti is located at 200 Ash Street in Piermont. It opens for lunch seven days a week at noon, and remains open until 10 p.M. During the week, 11 p.M. On Friday and Saturday and 9 p.M. On Sunday.
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“Great Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We were there on a Tuesday evening during the HUDSON VALLEY RESTAURANT WEEK and it was fairly empty. There were 7 of us and most of us ordered from the Pre-Fix Menu; the selections were good. The wait staff was very helpful and explained all of the entrées in detail and answered a lot of detailed questions. The food was excellent. We brought our own birthday cake and they worked with us on that even though dessert was included in the price. Everyone had some of the cake and some of the dessert and they helped package up what was left over to take home Overall it was a great experience for everyone in out party.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Fabulous Italian food near the Hudson River”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

It was a beautiful fall evening with extra warm temperatures, so we went to Piermont to walk along the river. As it got dark, we headed to Confetti's without a reservation. They were already crowded, but took our name for a table with a short wait. It took 1/2 hour for a table. People with reservations were being seated on time. It was worth the wait! The restaurant is much better since my last review. We had a very informative waiter who really knew the menu. Each course was fantastic and every dish was well done. We thoroughly enjoyed the food. My only concern was that the waiter was slow to check back as we finished each course. Seemed like a long time between appetizer and main course. We sat with the dessert menus a long time as well. If we weren't with friends, then I would have left without coffee. It just took too long. Great wine list and very enjoyable selection was made.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Confetti has been family owned and operated, since 1981. I have been dining at Confetti’s since they were originally located in Northvale followed by Old Tappan. The food and service at both locations were consistently above average. This was the first time for me to dine at their newest location with side-walk dining here in Piermont, where Arthur continues as the owner chef.

My party of 3 decided to dine here on a recent weekend afternoon. We were seated immediately inside, but, with a nice view over looking the side-walk dining area through the open walls.

I ordered my usual $8 margarita, a $6 Pelligrino and a $33 bottle of the 301 San Fel Chianti for the table. Grey Goose martini’s are $10 each.

We started with the $10 fig appetizer. I ordered the ribeye steak special for $34, which was average (not my best ribeye). My family ordered the $14 seafood salad and $25 scallops, which they were both happy with. Table service here was again above average as usual.

The total cost less gratuity was $172. We will likely return here to try some of their other entre’s.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great view, very good meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

My husband and I really enjoyed the short ribs.Our appetizers-carpaccio for him and baked artichokes for me were also very good. We were given a table near the windows and so had a view of the bridge.Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. We would go back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great atmosphere, excellent wine list”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Best mozzarella caprese (app) we've in a long while... somehow both light and flavorful... I had the swordfish with a terrific tomato reduction and it was great. My wife had a panini that was so large it looked (cut in half) like TWO paninis! Service was very good, friendly, and attentive. Views of the town square (?) lush green lawn featuring many ducks and geese poking about....a terrific lazy Sunday afternoon.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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