Hudson Valley Wine Bars: Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill, NY

Fishkill goes for the grape as a new wine bar, Piano Piano Wine Bar, opens up on Main Street


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Just around the corner, Piano Piano (that’s Italian for “easy, easy”) encourages patrons to shed the stresses of the outside world in favor of something a little more — you guessed it — easygoing. Opened in August by the Hopewell Junction husband-and-wife team of Rich and Anne Corbo, the space is airy, situated on the first floor of a historic brick building that served as Fishkill’s bank and town hall in the mid-1800s. A custom-made granite bar positioned under a double archway offers three dozen microbrews and wines, including the blends that seem so hot right now. Says Anne Corbo: “We try to find wines that aren’t readily available at local liquor stores and restaurants; we want people to experiment and try new things.”

piano pianoThe main dining area at the wine bar features ample light, open archways, and — of course — deep wine-colored walls

The space — which seats about 50 — is suitable for anything from intimate dinners with live music to corporate and private events. (In November, Piano Piano even hosted the “reveal” party for a New Yorker who won a beauty makeover.) A small-plates menu offers brushetta, antipasto, biscotti, and espresso. “We’re definitely not wine snobs,” laughs Anne Corbo. “The whole idea is to have a place for you to go with friends and family, to have a lovely evening just conversing. We’re trying to reintroduce the art of conversation.”

The wines: 30 ($6-$20/glass, $24-$75/bottle)
The nosh: Olive bowl, cheese platter, hummus
Signature events: Weekly live music, wine tastings

 

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