BEDFORD HILLS, NY — The popular Italian restaurant in Bedford Hills, Sette e Venti by Gianfranco’s, closed its doors after three decades in business.
The Northern Westchester institution located at 720 Bedford Rd. announced on social media last week that they have closed after 30 years in business.
The family-owned restaurant was known for its authentic Southern Italian cuisine with a modern, but relaxed atmosphere. Maurizio Belli, owner of Sette e Venti, was born and raised in Patrica, Italy. Regulars at the restaurant insist Belli was the very first restaurateur in Northern Westchester to bring authentic Southern Italian cuisine to the area.
The owners didn’t offer a reason for the decision to close the long-time favorite restaurant.
“After a Great 30 year run, last Thursday, August 18th was our last day serving the community,” the family wrote in the social media post. “It was bittersweet & overwhelming for us to say goodbye to the many of you who came by to see us. Thank you so much for all your good wishes! When an opportunity arises, one must take it with pride. It has been an honor and pleasure serving all of you for so many years. We’ve made a lot of friends and many of you are considered family. You’ve allowed us into your homes and celebrated many special occasions with you, which was very special to us. We also thank our staff for their hard work and dedication. We will miss you all, but won’t say goodbye. Ciao for now and thanks for the wonderful ride!”
An outpouring of support and appreciation from fans of the restaurant appeared on the restaurant’s social media pages soon after the announcement.
Members of the Bedford Police Department were among Sette e Venti’s biggest fans and some of the last customers served on the restaurant’s last day.
“Where to begin with this one? Well Sette E Venti has been a second home for our department over the years. A place where not only great food was served but a place that welcomed us as if we were family,” police wrote in a touching Facebook post. “It was a place we shared jokes, memories, and requested the most confusing custom orders possibly imagined by us (sorry Ant and Angelo). Maurice, you and your family and of course your wonderful food will truly be missed. Best of luck on your next chapter!”
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