Main Street in Fishkill is something of a restaurant row. When it comes time to grab a meal, diners only need to stroll down the road for a rainbow of culinary destinations. Beginning with Domo Sushi and The Tomato Café at the start of the Route 9 intersection and meandering down to favorites like Sapore Restaurant, The Dutchess Biercafe, Piano Piano Wine Bar, Stephano’s Ristorante, and Sotano further along the way, there are a wealth of eateries to try.
Yet another exciting restaurant joins the delectable lineup on Main Street. Opening its doors at 992 Main Street, Il Figlio Enoteca is a new concept from a Hudson Valley mainstay. It’s owned by Scott Rosenberg, who many locals may recognize as the former co-owner of Il Barilotto Enoteca, the Italian eatery which closed for good at the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
“After 19 years of Il Barilotto being opened, I decided to do something on my own,” Rosenberg explains. Fittingly, he chose the name Il Figlio, which means “the son” in Italian, to pay homage to his culinary roots and his latest chapter in the Hudson Valley. “It’s a rebirth of what I was doing down the street. The son is growing up.”
To his point, Il Figlio is the perfect next step for Rosenberg, who first fell in love with the Hudson Valley while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. After graduating in 1998 and heading to New York City to work under acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud, he slowly made his return to the Hudson Valley, where he found a home at Il Barilotto.
With Il Figlio, Rosenberg envisions an updated version of what people expect when they think about Italian food in the Hudson Valley. The menu places a heavy emphasis on fresh pasta and the clean, simple flavors that define Mediterranean cuisine. Many ingredients will come from local farms and vendors, like the nearby Meadowbrook Farm Market in Wappingers Falls. The food will pair beautifully with Il Figlio’s wine list, which prioritizes boutique-style, value-oriented vintages. Since the eatery has a substantial bar, the cocktail program is ample, with specialty drinks to complement the vino.
The interior is primed to be equally enticing, with an intimate atmosphere that’s balanced by airy rooms spread across two floors. The building itself was once a Grand Union grocery store and, when Rosenberg first acquired the space in February 2020, it still had the wire cords to connect to the checkout lanes in place.
When Il Figlio Enoteca opens to the Hudson Valley later this year, it will be an inviting restaurant with seating for over 100 and a private event space for up to 50 guests. The upper mezzanine overlooks the dining room, while the larger bar invites local to stop by for a drink and light bites. Outside, a spacious parking lot means visitors don’t need to worry about scouting for a spot in Fishkill.
Although COVID-19 did put a temporary halt on construction, the renovations are fully completed on Main Street. The restaurant opened on January 27 to dine-in service after a series of “On the Fly” takeout menus that ran throughout the winter. Follow along with Il Figlio Enoteca on Instagram for a look at the newly-opened Italian eatery.
Il Figlio Enoteca
992 Main St, Fishkill