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“Trip back was disappointing”

Confetti Ristorante & Vinoteca
Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Piermont
Cuisines: European, Italian, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
Katonah, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Trip back was disappointing”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

The restaurant was busy but the service was ok not great.. On top of that, we had to send back two steaks that were supposed to be medium and came out rare. If they don't know how to cook steaks, they shouldn't try. Of course, when they come back the other items on the plate are lukewarm. Our companions had good appetizers and were pleased with them. The prices are pretty high and the steak, when it arrived a second time, was fairly bland. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere but is a little noisy. I think we will not return for awhile.

  • Visited January 2013
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Stony Point, New York
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“Average”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Asked waiter 3 times for salad got it wrong each time, soup was plain, everything was just average. Better choices in Piermont.

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new york
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“The Lunch Special Is A True Bargain”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We went w/friends for lunch and the server recommended the lunch special which for $19.99 includes and appetizer, entree and dessert. He said it was a "no brainer-" he was right. The salad appetizer was tasty and unique- a prosciutto wrapped salad. The pork chop - which at night goes for some $20+ - was huge and served on a bed of potatoes and stuffed w/4 cheeses. The desserts were all tasty.

I wholeheartedly recommend this place, The food is good and the service was excellent.

  • Visited December 2012
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New Windsor, NY
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“Very good, but not great, Italian food in Piermont”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Confetti occupies part of a warehouse-like brick building in Piermont, NY near the site of a former paper mill. It is close to the pier and there is a view of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge from the sidewalk tables. While there is some adjacent automobile traffic, in nice weather, it's quite pleasant to be seated outside. I've eaten at Confetti several times, mainly because the location of the restaurant has been convenient. The menu is confusing and difficult to understand (primari piatti, secondi piatti, etc), and I have had to ask the waiter/waitress to explain it each time. Service has generally been quite good. The food is good to very good, but not truly great. If you are in the mood for some pasta, there don't seem to be a lot of choices. The lasagna, in particular, was good, but rather ordinary. Prices for entrees are fairly moderate, and portion sizes are pretty generous. They have some interesting beers on tap, and the wine selection looks good, if pricey. In fairness, I would probably give this restaurant a rating of three-and-a-half, were it possible.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Horrible”
Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Imagine a bowl full of broken clam shells and a wait staff whose response is "oh". Owner was too busy with his regulars to care about us. Thankfully my teeth are strong and there are other restaurants who want patrons and care what they serve . Never again!

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