11 Broadway, Kingston
It was a cold Sunday night when my husband and I decided to meet up with my father-in-law and his wife for dinner. Since we’re not familiar with Kingston, I asked my father-in-law if he had any suggestions on restaurants in the area that I might like. He came up with a few, but highly recommended we try Savona’s Trattoria.
Savona’s is a great family-owned Italian-American restaurant located in Kingston’s historic waterfront district. As we walked up to Savona’s, I noticed that they had outside seating available which can be a wonderful treat during the warmer spring and summer months when sitting indoors tends to be a bit stifling. It reminded me of a quaint little sidewalk café you might find in New York City’s downtown area, and I couldn’t wait to see what the inside was like.
There was a small bar area as we walked in and were immediately greeted by a friendly bartender, Carmelo. Seconds later we were whisked away to our table by our waitress. The dining room off to the right of the entrance was small but cozy and tastefully decorated.
There was soft music playing in the background, sconces on the walls, dark cherry wood tables with candles atop each one, and mirrors throughout the room which gave the effect that it was much bigger than it really was. On the other side of the dining room were large picture windows that looked out onto the street and the outdoor seating. It was a very cozy space with its candlelit interior illuminating the intimate atmosphere.
Lydia, our waitress, took our drink order and gave us ample time to peruse the extensive menu loaded with authentic Italian delicacies. My husband decided to get a Margherita on the rocks while I went for a Limoncello Martini. The term “limoncello” describes one of Italy’s most relished drinks.
It comes from the long-revered Italian tradition of soaking lemon or orange peels and leaves in fine alcohol, adding sugar to create a delicious liqueur and serving well-chilled. My Limoncello Martini arrived in a sugar-rimmed martini glass, garnished with a lemon wedge, served well-chilled, and was absolutely refreshing.
Lydia returned shortly thereafter to take our dinner order and leave behind their hot and garlicky breadsticks dripping with butter, which was an absolute hit with my husband. Since the restaurant prides itself on its pizza menu, which offers 12-inch personal size or 16-inch family style pizzas, my husband decided to get a personal 12-inch Neopolitan pizza with a traditional thin crust, mozzarella and tomato sauce. When his order arrived he quickly devoured it, leaving behind a few crusts and commented how stuffed he was.
I, on the other hand, love seafood so for an appetizer I ordered a half dozen steamers – little neck clams sautéed in a white wine, butter, roasted garlic and herb sauce. When they arrived they were so hot and buttery that I savored the flavor of each clam and polished them off one at a time. Keeping with the seafood theme, for dinner I went with the Zuppa Pescatore – mussels, little neck clams, calamari, and large shrimp sautéed in roasted garlic and filletto tomato broth over linguini pasta. It was melt-in-your-mouth good.
Although I didn’t have any room for dessert, Lydia said that their tiramisu was homemade and I just had to try it. So, of course I did. The tiramisu was light and airy with a sweet, delightful taste; it was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had! My father-in-law got the Affogato, which is served in a cup and consists of espresso, vanilla ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream and comes with two ladyfingers dusted with sugar. Our desserts were a pleasant finale to a satisfyingly enjoyable meal.
The food at Savona’s is hearty and served in copious portions that are satisfying enough to please any palate. They are not just a place to eat but rather, a gathering place where you and your friends and family can slow down, enjoy a great meal over a glass of wine and reconnect in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Cozy up at one of the tables or enjoy some laughs with Carmelo while seated at the bar. With the courses offered at Savona’s, you’ll have a chance to experience delicious food and enjoy the company of close friends or, in my case, family.
If you love Italian food, find another Italian restaurant near you in our Restaurant Guide.