Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By Dave Matlow
Westport’s iconic Art’s Deli at 13 Post Road West, near the intersection of Riverside Avenue, is under new ownership.
Breno Donatti, the new owner, also owns Norwalk’s Winfield Italian Deli, 69 Winfield St., and, since February, Winfield Street Espresso & Panini Bar, 4 Railroad Place, across from the Westport Metro-North Railroad Station in Saugatuck.
He said the name of the Post Road West business will be renamed Winfield Street Italian Deli once all town-required permits are approved and issued.
Donatti said Richard Falcone Sr., former owner of Art’s Deli, recently underwent bypass surgery and is recuperating in Florida.
According to Donatti, he and Falcone came to an agreement to transfer ownership several months ago after Falcone approached him to determine Donatti’s level of interest in acquiring the business.
Donatti called Art’s Deli “an historic gem.” “It’s right up my alley,” he said.
Donatti said the menu at the former Art’s Deli will be similar that of the Winfield Italian Deli. He added, however, “Of course we will keep all of the Art’s staples menu items like the Art’s Combo and the American Combo. If I did not, people would kill me.”
He said the business would also include pasta offerings from Grana Pastisicio, which shares space in the Saugatuck deli.
Falcone Sr., 59, opened Art’s Deli in January 2012 at the same Westport address where decades earlier he had worked alongside his late father, Arthur Falcone. The deli closed in 1990 with Arthur Falcone’s death.
“I just wanted to finish the last part of my life in my own business,” he told WestportNow at the time. “To be able to work alongside my sons like I did with my father was worth every dime I put into this place.”
—James Lomuscio contributed reporting.
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