About Finalmente Trattoria

From Isola Di Ponza Italy to Westport, CT

Andre’s dream of opening a family owned and operated regional Italian restaurant is alive with Finalmente Trattoria! Located in downtown Westport, CT just blocks away from the Westport Playhouse – it’s the perfect place for an intimate dinner before or after the show!

While growing up in in Isola Di Ponza, Italy, Andre learned about food and culture by watching his family members in the kitchen concocting and tasting family recipes. This cultivated his passion for culinary art.

His father brought him from Isola Di Ponza to New York in 1970, and the rest of his family followed. His first job in the culinary industry was at a local butcher shop in the Bronx. He spent five years learning how to properly prepare and cut all types of meats and then moved on to cooking in restaurants.

His first specialty was pizza at a restaurant in Greenwich. Many of the customers would ask if Andre was making the pizza that night because they loved the way he made them! After about ten years of food preparation, he started to manage restaurants. He has been in the business for thirty five years!

Andre met his wife Mary at a little Italian restaurant in Norwalk 18 years ago. Andre always wanted a family operated business – His son, Salvatore who has worked at Finalmente since he opened the restaurant in 2006, daughter Jaclyn and Mary’s son Daniel are all part of the Finalmente team. And we can’t forget his grandson Luke who is not old enough to work yet!

Andre and Mary frequently travel back to Italy to visit family and explore different regions and their customary recipes to bring new ideas to Finalmente. His brother Augusto traveled from Italy to Westport to teach Andre how to make their Tuscan cheesecake recipe. He experimented with the recipe and had it on the menu as a special. By popular demand, it is now an icon of the Finalmente dessert menu.

Hence the name – Finalmente means finally or at last he built his own restaurant! All the years of passion for the restaurant business paid off. Finally his dream has come true! “Dreams are not something to wait for; they are something to work for.” This is Andre’s motto and he lives by it every day.

Andre’s experience in managing restaurants, his gracious personality, appreciation for life, and authentic Italian culture are a recipe for success!

Come In And Enjoy the Tastes of Home!