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Popolo has reopened under new ownership as Ciao Popolo. This website, until it disappears, stands as a historical record of the first generation of the restaurant.

R.I.P., Gary — you are missed.

THE RESTAURANT: popolo once served italian-inspired farm-to-table cuisine in a casual setting at the windham hotel in bellows falls, vt.

We were pretty sure that we’d be ready to open in early March but life is full of mid-course corrections. We hired a new chef, a new sous chef, and others and could not have been happier about our exciting future. Well…that’s if there IS a future.  At the moment we’re not doing take out and obviously no one’s dining in our dining room because dining out is about as fashionable as fishing waders at the senior prom.  But sooner or later, we hope…There will be all new menus and a crisp new direction and also a renewed sense of purpose, focusing on the bounty of Vermont and the wonder of food made from passion and mission.

Get ready, people. When this is over, we’d like to help build a culture of dining in the area because we are blessed with great growers, brewers, vintners, cheesemakers, foragers and, yes, restaurateurs. And also the nicest people with whom you’ll ever go to dinner. Oh, and summer is coming. Please stay tuned.

There is so much to talk about, for example just how weird this all is.  For example, I’m Gary Smith, the general manager of Popolo and I’m hunkered down at the end of road across the river.  I’ve never seen anything like this and I’m a million years old.  But I do know that I’d like all our customers to be safe and to stay home until we’re certain we can go out and socialize with the same minimal danger that we used to.

So wash your hands until then and we’ll do our best to get together somehow in the new paradigm when it’s time to got out.


in the summer of 2016 we embraced a new goal: to guarantee that all our employees earn enough to live. we’re doing this by adding a charge to each customer’s bill in the amount of 6% of their purchases. we call this charge the “living wage adjustment.”

we’ve done the math and this is what it will take to make sure everyone gets a living wage. though we may not be the first to do this, it’s still a novel concept to change the structure of billing. you can learn more about this strategy in the restaurant, where materials are available and also read our press release here .

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Italian-inspired, farm-to-table cuisine
Popolo Means People