Tour Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy

Poughkeepsie’s Italian section is home to a number of authentic restaurants and bakeries



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zuppa di pesce

Milanese Italian Restaurant

115 Main St. 845-853-7163

Italian immigrant Santino Milanese opened this Main Street restaurant in 1971. Still a family-run business, the eatery serves traditional dishes (like zuppa di pesce, shown) at budget-friendly prices.

L’atmosfera: The dining room is intimate — dimly lit with taper candle centerpieces and wine-colored curtains and décor. Romantic for couples, relaxing for families.

Le persone: You might be seated near a couple sharing a bottle of red, or a family celebrating a daughter’s first job. Many of the clientele are regulars who stop by for any occasion.

Le merci: For a quick bite, try the pizzotti — a personal pizza packed with flavor. If you want something more traditional for family night, start off with the baked stuffed clams appetizer and then move on to the homemade lasagna, full of creamy cheese and just the right amount of meat.

Gustare questo: Warm up on a chilly day with a bowl of minestrone. Chock-full of veggies, the soup balances sweet and salty flavors; it’s large enough to satisfy as either a small lunch or — for heartier appetites — as an appetizer.

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