A year into the pandemic, and many restaurants are struggling. Perhaps that’s why Scott Rosenberg was somewhat shocked by the enthusiastic way in which his loyal customers flocked to his new venture, Il Figlio Enoteca, which opened in Fishkill in January.
“We never expected such a humongous reaction,” explains Rosenberg, whose previous restaurant, Il Barilotto, closed in March 2020. “[Our customers] spent the last year eating take out, and they are embracing coming back and getting this elevated experience again. What we’re seeing is that people are not scared to go out to dinner.”
For fans of Il Barilotto, some aspects of Il Figlio will feel familiar. There’s still an emphasis on fresh pasta, including house-made ricotta cavatelli with six-hour veal Bolognese and stracciatella-filled ravioli bathed in sage-scented brown butter. Appetizers like American gulf shrimp with brandy and gorgonzola and grilled Spanish octopus are familiar favorites, and “there’s still no better place to get a grilled veal chop,” says Rosenberg.
That doesn’t mean everything’s stayed the same. “I listened to my customers, to what frustrated them about Il Barilotto,” promises Rosenberg. “They could never get in; there was never any parking. There was never room at the bar. It was just too packed.” At full capacity Il Figlio will seat 120 across two floors.
What to drink with one’s Angus beef carpaccio or branzino with French lentils and salsa verde has also changed. The wine list is shorter and more curated, and the spacious bar is home to a new cocktail program, which Rosenberg is very excited about. “We wanted to step into that genre because I know it’s something that’s here to stay,” he says. “My bartenders and I spent a lot of time creating a menu that has a little bit of an Italian twist.”
And while customers seem to be embracing the new, Rosenberg named his restaurant Il Figlio, meaning “the son” in Italian, as a nod to what came before. “This is the son of Il Barilotto,” he says. “The son grew up and moved away, just like any son does. He grows, he evolves, and he begins to form his own life. That is exactly what Il Figlio is. It is me on my next step.”
Il Figlio Enoteca
992 Main St, Fishkill 845.836.3015