This Week @ The Westport Farmer's Market

Liz Rueven

Chef Pietro Scotti of DaPietro’s, Westport, will be the guest chef at the Westport Farmers’ Market on July 29. 

In advance of his appearance,  Pietro will be making  fresh mozzarella for shoppers, as he regularly does for his restaurant patrons. He sources his dairy from Calabro Cheese, a 43 year old family owned and operated company in East Haven. He will slice, season and plate luscious, ripe, heirloom tomatoes with herbs and his homemade mozzarella that morning.  Using just a  few, super fresh, high quality ingredients is a great way to highlight these outstanding ingredients.

For his restaurant dishes, Pietro regularly turns to Belta’s Farms in Westport for his summer veggies.  He purchases heirloom tomatoes, beets, zucchini, many varieties of greens, onions, garlic and other summer crops from this organic, family owned farm, which has been owned and operated by the Belta family since 1945.  He also regularly shops the Westport Market each Thursday, usually as the farmers are packing up at 2:00. 

Chef Pietro Scotti has been chef and owner of the reliably excellent, 30 seat, DaPietro’s for over 22 years at the same spot on Riverside Drive in Westport.  Born in Ischia, Italy, near Capri, Scotti has been cooking since he was eleven years old.  Before coming to the USA, he was an on-board chef . He traveled widely, sampling cuisines of many ports and shopping in  small markets. He learned to value local and seasonal ingredients that way.

Pietro Scotti’s effusive manner and bright smile will welcome shoppers to the market between 10-2 on July 29.