By Melanie Young and David Ransom, Insatiable Curious Culinary Couple
Photos: Courtesy of Melanie Young
The Montemarano family has a fascinating history in New York dining dating back to 1906, when Angelo Montemarano emigrated to America from the Italian province of Avellino in Campania. The family opened Angelo’s Tavern in Brooklyn, later renamed Monte’s Venetian Room, which became a popular hangout for locals, politicians, sports figures, the Rat Pack and anyone who wanted home-style Neapolitan fare. In 1956, the Monte family purchased the iconic Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Spa on the eastern tip of Long Island and managed it for decades. After selling Gurney’s in 2013, the family relocated to the Hudson Valley and opened Monte’s Local Kitchen & Tap Room in Amenia.
Angelo “Chip” Monte runs the kitchen. His wife, Candace, oversees front-of-house. Wooden tables are well spaced around the room for quiet conversation; the room is airy and light. The entrance has a small bar to enjoy a cocktail or meal. Musicians perform nightly from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. When we were there, singer-guitarist Austin Bonk was channeling Neil Young.
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