Roost to join Post Road restaurant scene
DARIEN — Mike and Krista Pietrafeso, along with their third daughter, 6-month-old baby Clara, tour the construction zone that is 1950 Post Road. For now, it still needs work but the newly placed countertop is a sign of things to come.
Mike’s excitement for his new restaurant is palpable. He smiles when talking about his culinary trajectory and interests.
“Cooking has always been a thing for me, even from a young age,” the 36-year-old Greenwich resident said. Mike graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 2006 and has remained largely in the Fairfield county encouraged by his support of local communities and produce.
“I’m Italian, so cooking has been a family-oriented thing that included things like Sunday dinners with pasta and meatballs,” he said.
And family is also at the center of the idea for this new and upcoming homemade breakfast eatery known as Roost. Mike is also the chef and owner of Ada’s Kitchen and Coffee in Greenwich, a business he got into when he decided a work and family balance wasn’t possible while working for someone else.
The following is under the “Farm Eggs” portion of the menu at Ada’s Kitchen and Coffee:
Ada’s BEC/runny farm egg/crispy bacon/Grafton cheddar/baby greens/tomato/chipotle mayo/ciabatta -$5.50
Ada’s English Muffin/runny farm egg/crispy bacon/Grafton cheddar/millstone arugula/ bernaise/ housemade English muffin - $5.50
Egg White Omelette/sautéed spinach/roasted creminis/caramelized onions/Grafton cheddar cheese/fire roasted tomatoes - $8
Breakfast Burrito/soft scrambled egg/chorizo/red chiles/avocado/fried potatoes/Grafton cheddar - $7
See www.adaskitchenandcoffee.com for more information.
“I worked in restaurants for a while and Krista and I got married pretty young,” Mike said. “I wanted to open something and work during the day and be able to see my family at night.”
Roost, like it’s sister restaurant in Greenwich, will focus on “keeping it as local as possible.” Both restaurants will feature Path Coffee Roasters from Port Chester, New York and Arogya Teas from Westport, Connecticut.
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“Path Coffee will roast the coffee every Tuesday and bring it to us on Wednesday so the coffee will never have been roasted for more than one week,” he said.
Getting the look at the feel of restaurant is important to the couple.
“We’ll also have a large chalkboard menu on the back wall, like at Ada’s, which we will update seasonally,” Krista said.
The restaurant’s central location on Post Road is part of the plan to attract commuters and local residents. “We’re hoping to fit into the residential area and have the same type of clientele that we have at Ada’s,” Mike said. “This includes mothers that come in for latte and family breakfasts. We’re going to be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.”
What will set Roost apart from Ada’s is that it will feature additions such as new sides and a dinner and kids menu. “Dinner will be items that rotate seasonally, probably around four or five teams a year,” he said. “Homemade pasta, roast fish, chicken, and steak will be featured.”
“It’s going to be a nice and bright white space with wood and metal accents,” Krista said in a tour of the site. “We want to keep it nice and simple and it stemmed from the look of Ada’s but a bit more refined. It’s an opportunity to establish our brand and so we took the time to decide what look we wanted.”
Asked what their top dishes are, Mike and Krista agree on the homemade English muffin for breakfast. “We make them in-house every day and it has bacon, egg, arugula, and béarnaise sauce. I think people will like the homemade pasta too,” he said.