Regional Italian Cuisine in the Heart of Westport, CT
Search

Our Family's Story

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 23 years ago.  Andre always wanted a family operated business – His son, Salvatore who had worked at Finalmente since he opened the restaurant in 2006, daughter Jaclyn and Mary’s son Daniel were all part of the Finalmente team over the years.  And we can’t forget his grandchildren; Luke, Vivian, Enzo, and Stella who are 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 and his wife Laura traveled from Italy to Westport to teach Andre how to make her 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!

READ THE REVIEWS

What Our Guests Are Saying

Finalmente Trattoria
4.8
Based on 38 reviews
powered by Facebook
Lewis A Spero
Lewis A Spero
2020-12-13T03:08:46+0000
My first time there I was invited out by a good friend, The owners the staff and the food were amazing, They made me... feel like I was a regular Thank you again for your .hospitality and the amazing food. Lewis Sread more
Scott Sharkey
Scott Sharkey
2020-10-11T02:34:37+0000
Lovely owners and good food.
Lila Shah-Wright
Lila Shah-Wright
2020-09-05T12:56:13+0000
Such a wonderful jewel of a restaurant! Andre and his family make delicious Italian food and the service is simply the... best. Don’t walk but run to Finalmente!read more
Penny Lyons
Penny Lyons
2020-07-25T14:54:23+0000
We had the most wonderful meal last evening at this charming Italian trattoria! They are vigilant about... social-distancing the tables and mask-wearing. We ate outside at a good 12 -15ft distance from others. The food is consistently delicious and the owners are beyond accommodating. We both had the potato gnocchi, but prepared differently. DELISH! We highly recommend. Please let's save our small town establishments! It's what our town is all about.read more
Becky Coppola
Becky Coppola
2020-06-28T10:56:35+0000
This family owned and operated place is a gem! My husband and I were finishing up dinner at another Westport... restaurant, and were craving some delicious dessert. We called Finalmente Trattoria to see if they were still open at the late hour. They were not, BUT, so generously told us to come by anyway! We arrived to a table for two, set with a candle, outdoors on their beautiful little patio area. We had authentic, delicious dessert (try the cheesecake!) and house made limoncello 🍋. The hospitality and personable service surpassed any expectation we had. Thank you for a wonderful wrap up to my husband’s birthday - we will surely be back!read more
Karlin Gray
Karlin Gray
2020-05-11T16:01:20+0000
Thank you Finalmente for the delicious Mother’s Day meal delivered curbside!
Kirman Gonzalez
Kirman Gonzalez
2019-11-23T02:05:44+0000
Great Italian food and wine
Jan Allinder Anestis
Jan Allinder Anestis
2019-04-04T01:03:52+0000
The Bucatini Carbonara is superior to any other carbonara I’ve tasted. I often order it with shrimp added. My husband... is a loyal fan of the Polo Cappriccioso unless he is in the mood for comfort food, in which case Lasagna Bolognese does the job. And to gloriously end a meal, Andre’s homemade cheesecake and a frosty glass of limoncello are as close to heaven as one gets on earth.read more
Nancy Largay Mastroianni
Nancy Largay Mastroianni
2019-02-17T02:10:41+0000
We love this restaurant, having eaten here many times. Charming, romantic, fantastic Italian food, great wines. ... Wonderful owners who treat you like family. 💕💜read more
John Miele
John Miele
2018-12-02T03:27:51+0000
I lived in Italy for a year in the north (Veneto). This is the closest to the cuisine there. The owners are Italian. ... The partners called their restaurant Finalmente (because they “finally@ they were able together and open their dream restaurant. Highly recommended.read more
Kevin Lenhart
Kevin Lenhart
2018-11-11T14:46:52+0000
Excellent food and service
Lisa Blosio
Lisa Blosio
2018-10-31T16:04:31+0000
tried finalmente for the first time a couple weeks ago for our anniversary. food was outstanding. Will definitely... return. thanks andre!read more
Eliane Laney
Eliane Laney
2018-10-11T16:50:37+0000
Fabulous place. wonderful food. I enjoyed a lot!
Lisa Miserendino
Lisa Miserendino
2018-09-02T12:54:50+0000
Never disappoints! Great food & wonderful service!
Lawrence Bernstein
Lawrence Bernstein
2017-07-27T00:55:16+0000
Gary Dulin
Gary Dulin
2017-06-05T21:00:15+0000
Philip Carrone
Philip Carrone
2017-05-07T23:09:23+0000
Mike Powers
Mike Powers
2017-02-12T15:32:16+0000
This place is top notch! What a great meal! The service is attentive and professional! Like I say about every best... restaurant, the staff appears to "hang out" at your table but you never really know they are there. They figured the "dining experience" out ...read more
Barbara Monick
Barbara Monick
2017-01-15T01:45:08+0000
Love this restaurant! My favorite. Great food, warm and inviting. Love the atmosphere ,the service,and the owners. Best... cheesecake in the world!read more
Tanya Wiesner
Tanya Wiesner
2017-01-01T04:03:33+0000
Cynthia LaCroix
Cynthia LaCroix
2016-11-28T02:48:01+0000
Marlene Moses
Marlene Moses
2016-04-04T00:07:16+0000
Always Delicious and Always Delightful! Simply put: it's The Very Best!
Jan Sparling Wein
Jan Sparling Wein
2015-11-06T13:03:24+0000
Nancy Largay Mastroianni
Nancy Largay Mastroianni
2014-09-13T12:55:07+0000
Love this place! Outstanding food and very cozy!
Nico L'etta Retali
Nico L'etta Retali
2013-12-31T13:19:10+0000
JT Kuhchee
JT Kuhchee
2013-12-04T02:28:54+0000
Jaclyn Iodice
Jaclyn Iodice
2013-09-17T17:38:54+0000
Gianna Ruggiero
Gianna Ruggiero
2013-07-24T00:27:19+0000
Emilia Pereira Barquin
Emilia Pereira Barquin
2013-06-27T00:42:32+0000
Todd Lansdale
Todd Lansdale
2013-06-15T10:24:59+0000
Emanuela Fox
Emanuela Fox
2013-05-16T21:25:16+0000
Rick Fic
Rick Fic
2013-04-28T17:02:23+0000
Angelika Pluecken-Clum
Angelika Pluecken-Clum
2013-04-25T23:13:12+0000
Next Reviews