The New Hudson Valley Restaurant offers an eclectic American menu over a wood-fired oven

Rhianna Rodriguez and Kaitlyn Della Chiesa behind the bar at Salt and Fire restaurant. (Photos by David Gordon)

The Saugerties Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Friday August 26 for a new restaurant, Salt & Fire. The restaurant first opened its doors to customers, a so-called soft opening, on July 6.

The owners, two couples who describe themselves as friends, have set up their new business in the former Bella Luna restaurant at 124 Partition Street. The restaurant describes its offerings as contemporary American cuisine, which owner Rhianna Rodriguez describes as an eclectic mix of diverse cuisines. The restaurant’s other partners are her husband, Jorge Rodriguez, Joseph Della Chilies and Kaitlyn Della Chiesa. The Rodriguezes also own the Main Street Cafe, a popular Mexican restaurant, around the corner from Main Street.

A feature of the new restaurant is a wood-fired oven, which provides a flavor all its own thanks to the wood smoke in which it is cooked. Dishes such as wood-fired sirloin steak, chicken and rack of lamb, as well as dishes like seared sea bass and crispy duck breast are cooked with more conventional heat sources. Appetizers include wood-fired shrimp, several seasoned flatbreads, and artichoke skewers.

The homepage tagline says it all: “Boasting local flavors and the finest ingredients of the Hudson Valley.”

Village officials welcome Salt and Fire restaurant: front row: Town Supervisor Fred Costello, Rhianna Rodriguez, Bella Rodriguez, Camille Della Chiesa, Luca Della Chiesa and Saugerties Mayor William Murphy. Second Row: Jorge Rodriguez, Chamber of Commerce President Mark Smith, Noah Della Chiesa, Kaitlyn Della Chiesa and Joseph Della Chiesa.

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