Zest has served its final meal.
“Economic forces beyond our control” doomed the popular restaurant — tucked beneath Patagonia on Church Lane — just before its 3rd anniversary, said co-owners chef Pietro and Janine Scotti. The news came in an e-mail to loyal customers — of whom there were many.
The Scottis’ message was like their restaurant: upbeat and community-minded. The couple thanked patrons profusely for their “heartfelt support,” then looked creatively ahead.
The Scottis also own DaPietro’s, just over the bridge at 36 Riverside Avenue. Acknowledging that their other property has a reputation as a “special-occasion restaurant,” the owners are tweaking its menu and reminding diners of a few amenities.
Lunches will feature more casual, fresh-market offerings, at “surprisingly reasonable prices.” The “by-reservation-only Grand Tea” — similar to fine hotels in New York and England — will continue to be served from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
DaPietro’s is still hosting seasonal wine dinners, themed dinners and cooking classes. They also cater, “receiving rave reviews for producing gourmet affairs on tight budgets.”
The Scottis concluded by saying they look forward to continuing their “amazing relationship with the community.” What a classy note, on one of the most disheartening days of their professional lives.
Zest is not the first good Westport restaurant lost to the economic downturn. Let’s do all we can to return the Scottis’ warm feelings for their customers, and help their beloved DaPietro’s thrive.