Since Mamma Musetti’s opened in Wappingers Falls in April, it’s rooted itself firmly into the hearts — and stomachs — of Hudson Valleyites. It could have something to do with the shop’s signature cannoli, which co-owner Rosaria Musetti lovingly stuffs with everything from pistachio to red velvet ricotta cream. It could also have something to do with the café’s covetable Italian dishes, which rotate daily and hop between meatballs and Sunday sauce to eggplant parm and penne a la vodka.
More likely than not, however, it has the most to do with the fact that Musetti and her husband, Andre, make every effort to ensure their Hudson Valley visitors feel like family from the moment they step through the door.
This November, the Musettis take their love for their locale to the next level. On Thanksgiving Day, Mamma Musetti’s will open its doors for a free-of-charge Thanksgiving dinner to benefit locals who need it.
“I have been wanting to host Thanksgiving for the community since opening in April,” Musetti reveals. “I firmly believe that to grow as a community, we have to lead by example.”
Happy customers at Mamma Musetti’s / Photos by Mamma Musetti’s
Case in point: For the Thanksgiving dinner, the café will provide a full buffet for guests from 5-7 p.m. The spread will include homemade turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, yam salad, and a few surprises, Musetti promises. Anyone can come, and the Musettis only ask that guests RSVP in advance. The space seats 20 people at a time.
“If you find yourself alone or if you just don’t have the resources to have a Thanksgiving meal or just need a friend and a sense of family, you are welcome to come,” Musetti assures.
Since posting about the dinner program on social media, the Musettis have already received a few reservations for November 28. They’ve also accepted a handful of food, dessert, and monetary donations to help ensure the event is a success.
Photo by Mamma Musetti’s
While the Thanksgiving meal is a heartwarming endeavor by the Musettis, it’s far from their only attempt to give back to the region. When Mamma Musetti’s first opened, the couple asked for food donations to support the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. In total, they collected 120 pounds of food. During the start of the school season, meanwhile, they rounded up school supplies for local families who did not have the means to purchase them.
“We plan to continue to help and support our community in any way that we can,” Musetti says. “You will be seeing many fundraisers in the upcoming months. We are working on organizing a coat drive soon!”
2649 E. Main St, Wappingers Falls