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In 1892 the Market Street Train Station was erected to
provide a resting place for passengers on their way to
the towns and hamlets of upstate New York. In the year
2000, Vincenzo and Antonio Avanzato transformed the
station into Stella Luna Stazione, an elegant stop for
passengers on the rails of life.
For over 30
years the Avanzatos have welcomed fellow Oneontans to
join them at the
Italian Kitchen for a
warm, family dining experience. The Italian Kitchen,
known as "Oneonta's Best Kept Secret", is no longer a
secret to the people of their home town.
Growing up in
Oneonta, NY Vinne and Tony regularly passed by the
Market Street Station. They admired the beautiful
structure and dreamed of creating a restaurant that
preserved the warmth and grace of the old train
station. Architect Rick Eastman and his fine crew
created Stella Luna Stazione from Tony and Vinne's
sketches and ideas.
doors of the Stella Luna, family and friends are
transported to a quiet village in Italy. The first stop
outdoor cafe where guests can gather and, if
lucky, convince a fellow guest to sit at the piano for
an impromptu show. In order to preserve the feel of
open country air, the brothers have included a smoking
Tabbaccheria, to keep
the restaurant smoke free. In the cigar room, frequent
guests are welcomed to store their own cigars in a cigar
the hardwood bar, the Cantina
displays hundreds of domestic and imported wines. The
Avanzatos pride themselves in a sophisticated collection
of vintages, all stored at
a controlled cellar temperature. At the bar, guests are
presented with an extensive selection of fine spirits,
liqueurs, and beers from across the world.
through the Piazza, or Town Square, visitors are invited
to sit in the romantic
grotto or the lofty Cortile.
The Cortile, or Courtyard, has the feel of an Italian
top, with a celestial blue sky and streaking clouds
covering the domed ceiling of the main dining area.
Artist Kevin Hanlon captures the beauty of Tuscany's
vineyards and villas through the tall inner windows.
While guests dine "outdoors", they are occasionally
caught in the middle of a bright show of thunder and
Stazione also offers two additional dining areas. The
private dining for business meetings or family events of
up to 30 people. The Banchetto accommodates up to 100
people with private bathroom facilities and a separate
sound system. Hand painted roof tiles and Sicilian
the walls of the
Banchetto, making it
ideal for weddings and other special occasions.
In addition to
fine dining, Stella Luna Stazione boasts an impressive
array of Italian ingredients for sale in the Mercato,
allowing guests to recreate the Tuscan dining experience
in their own homes.
take great pride in the completely modern kitchen at
Stella Luna Stazione. Traditional Antipasti, a variety
of authentic house Risotto, and plenty of homemade
dishes with 17 separate sauces decorate the
menu. Stella Luna
specializes in fresh seafood, including the biggest
seller to date, sea bass. Homemade lasagna with an
authentic bechamel sauce and fresh pasta cannelloni
provide the guests a bona fide taste of Italy. Desserts
are prepared from recipes of Vinne's wife, Ruth Avanzato.
Prices range from $8.95 to $19.95.
importantly, the service at Stella Luna Stazione is
without compare. Guests are treated like family and
friends to a cozy, fine dining experience.
would like to invite everyone to join them at Stella
Luna Stazione and hope that you enjoy your dining
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request to you ... Please, for parties of 6 or more,
No separate checks. The time saved will be used to
serve you better. Thank you.
accommodate any on or off premises catering, Dinner
parties, Weddings, Receptions, etc.
of 8 or more, please call ahead for reservations,
and for those parties, an 18% gratuity will be added
to your check automatically.
special occasions, give us sufficient notice and
we'll provide a cake of your choice.
Oneonta, A Place
Once a major
meeting place for the Indians of the area, Oneonta's
woodland paths and parks were also the highways of the
Iroquois. Before the six nations of the Iroquois were
meeting here, there were several cultures of Paleo-Indians
who lived in the vicinity about 4,500 B.C.E. The Yager
museum's American Indian Exhibit contains some 20,000
artifacts from the Nations of the Mohawks, Oneidas,
Senecas and Tuscaroras, the main tribes settled here.
Yager, a native of Oneonta, dedicated his life to
studying and writing about Indian cultures and their
history in the area. During the Revolutionary War,
Otsego County was a battlefield between the Patriots,
British, Loyalists and Indians. In 1779 General
Clinton's Continental Army passed through the area
following the Susquehanna from Lake Otsego to join up
with General John Sullivan. As they traveled down the
river, they destroyed most of the Indian settlements
they encountered. The Indian strength in the region was
severely weakened, and the area opened up to white
In 1775 John
Vanderwerker built a log cabin at the present entrance
to Neahwa Park and when he returned from the war, he
built a saw mill and bridge on the Susquehanna in 1787.
A man named Simeon Walling, who had passed through the
area with General Clinton, returned and built a cabin on
present day Main Street and Walling Streets, where the
United Presbyterian Church stands.
came to the area, and by 1800 several log cabins has
been built. In 1808, John McDonald built a second
bridge, which replaced the Vanderwerker bridge and the
small hamlet became known as McDonalds' Mills. McDonald
opened a post office in 1817 at his tavern, and the
settlement was officially named Milfordsville because it
was the southern extension of Milford. Dr. Joseph
Lindsey delivered mail on horse back on the
The town was
comprised mostly of German and Dutch settlers, and had a
reputation for being a rough frontier town, and earned
the nickname "Klipnockie", German for tavern brawl.
Eventually, Oneonta, the Indian name meaning "place of
open rocks", was chosen, probably referring to Table
Rock overlooking Chestnut Street.
- Adapted from information obtained
from the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.
The staff of
Stella Luna welcome you and hope you enjoy your meal!