New Bedford columnist attempts Italian dishes at historic Fay’s Cafe

This 7 days I experienced the enjoyment of traveling to Fay’s Cafe in South Dartmouth. This put has been on my record for months ever since having a amazing chat with one of the waitresses when creating an report about the top rated requested foods checklist of 2020.

There was one thing about the friendly vibe on the phone that designed me want to go. On more investigate, I beloved seeing the various constructive opinions on their social media as very well as some yummy foodstuff shots. I couldn’t wait to check out!

Spoiler notify: I was not upset. This position is yummy!

The record of Fay’s

Fay’s opened in Dartmouth in 1998, but Fay’s has been an legendary part of New Bedford due to the fact 1961. Fay’s is owned by Evelyn Bettencourt, the daughter of Fay DiPiro who is greatest recognized for her kitchen, “The Knotty Pine.”

Born in Fabrizia, Italy, in 1919, Fay immigrated to The united states in 1931 with her sister, Rosa, and brother, James. As a teenager, Fay realized how to prepare dinner from her mom. Afterwards in everyday living, she married Alexander DiPiro, a prestigious chef from a spouse and children of chefs. Fay got to study how to prepare dinner from both the family and professional worlds of cooking.

A wall at Fay's shares the history of Restaurant.

Right after operating in the restaurant marketplace in New York, Vermont and Florida, The DiPiro’s (and their daughter, Evelyn) settled in Fairhaven. Alexander DiPiro went to perform at Antonio’s — which is now Freestone’s. Fay labored at Lucas Diner, Smith’s Cafe and Nap’s on the Fairhaven Bridge.

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In 1961, Fay and her brother, Mike, opened their very own kitchen in the North End of New Bedford — “The Knotty Pine.”

Fay's Knotty Pine in New Bedford.

In a preceding Typical-Instances job interview, Bettencourt describe Knotty Pine as the “Cheers” of the North Close as nicely as “a family commitment to a good quality home-cooked Italian dining working experience.”

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Fay retired in 1983, but Bettencourt continued to operate the business enterprise right up until it shut in 2000, mainly because the creating was bought to a large pharmacy chain. However, two years previously, in 1998, Bettencourt adopted in her mother’s footsteps and decided to open up her own place in memory of her mom — Fay’s.

She labored alongside her son, Matt, and daughter, Elizabeth.

The bar area at Fay's in Dartmouth.

“The biggest change is the dimensions,” said Matt in a previous interview. Matt also grew up doing the job at the Knotty Pine. “It was a good deal scaled-down there, and the manage things are distinctive when you are doing the job with a smaller menu.”

Yummy Italian dishes

The menu absolutely features traditional Italian dishes along with an incredible variety of pizzas (which seemingly The Common-Occasions has awarded “Greatest Pizza” a couple moments about the several years.) And I was instructed the rooster parmesan is, of system, a fan most loved.

No corners are minimize in this kitchen area.

Chicken Palermo Over Fettuccine at Fay's Restaurant and Catering in South Dartmouth.

In the meantime, in advance of making an attempt to determine what to get, I was distracted having fun with the heat bread and olive oil. I was instructed the bread is produced fresh each early morning — and, I have to say, the bread is top-notch.

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I visited Fay’s with a Newbie column alum, Pamela Jayne Morgan, who I profiled formerly for doing all around the SouthCoast. I requested the Fay’s potato skins to start off and Morgan savored the Portuguese Feast pizza which features house-designed Cacoila, linguica, banana peppers, aged cheddar cheese … but minus the banana peppers.

I loved the Seafood Al Forno — shrimp, scallops and haddock tossed with a garlic parmesan cheese sauce in excess of penne pasta and topped with bread crumbs. It was the most effective seafood pasta dish I have had in awhile. It was total of taste and the haddock was cooked correctly.

Fay’s Portuguese Feast pizza which features House-made Cacoila, linguica and aged cheddar cheese.

I am positive I only scratched the surface area of what I could’ve experienced off this menu. It only means that I will have to occur back again as quickly a doable to attempt a several other dishes. And I regret to say that I did not get to consider any of the desserts both!

But aside from the menu, I loved the Italian-feel all around the spot. And the staff members was tremendous friendly and happy to strike up a conversation with me. I truthfully felt as if element of the household and a guest in someone’s property.

There was so significantly enjoy inside these four partitions.

The Seafood Al Forno at Fay's in Dartmouth.

Whilst we failed to take in exterior, afterwards we did sit on the Adirondack chairs to finish up a discussion and soak in the warm sunshine.

I am so happy I finally had the opportunity to test Fay’s. It was effectively-well worth the wait around and love yet another wonderful gem inside the SouthCoast treasure chest.

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