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!