Breaking Restaurant News: Positano’s Replaces Dressing Room At Playhouse

Old Mill’s loss is the Westport Country Playhouse’s gain.

Positano’s — the much-loved-but-too-seldom-visited restaurant kitty-corner from Elvira’s — is closing at its Old Mill Beach location. “06880” broke that news 2 months ago.

Positano's, at Old Mill Beach near Elvira's.

Positano’s, at Old Mill Beach near Elvira’s.

But it’s reopening in February, next to the Westport Country Playhouse. That’s the space was occupied for 8 years by The Dressing Room. The Paul Newman-created restaurant closed last January.

The Dressing Room, next to the Westport Country Playhouse.

The Dressing Room, next to the Westport Country Playhouse.

Positano’s has been owned and operated by the Scarpati family for more than 15 years. Owner Giuseppe Scarpati was born on the island of Ponza, Italy. He learned to cook from his father, who studied with master chefs in Italy and was one of the island’s leading fisherman. Giuseppe focuses on all-natural cooking.

Under chef Michel Nischan, the Dressing Room was Fairfield County’s 1st farm-to-table restaurant.

So Positano’s stands poised to carry on that natural tradition — right next door to the 83-year-old Playhouse, with its own venerable history.

But the question remains: Will the tradition of an Old Mill Beach restaurant now be history, replaced by a large and imposing private home?

5 responses to “Breaking Restaurant News: Positano’s Replaces Dressing Room At Playhouse

  1. Here’s hoping that Splash moves to Positano’s…

  2. Nancy Powers Conklin

    Great news about Positanos moving into the former Dressing Room next to the Westport Country Playhouse. Now maybe parking won’t be such a headache for the restaurant in its new location.

  3. what a loss looms on the horizon.

  4. Elena Chernysh

    I hope they’ll be open during Script in Hand Monday evenings to avoid the headache of figuring out where to have dinner early and be late for the play!

  5. Frequented the Dressing Room often. In the early days, the restaurant was excellent. In its last two or three years it fell short of that rating. It is a sweet spot for “good dining” and hope its replacement gives us another opttion for “good food”. We have many restaurants in Fairfield County but many are disappointing!