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Attilio's Restaurant at Simsbury Farms to Close in October

After eight years, Attilio's will serve up its final meals in just a few weeks.

When Attilio Ceneviva decided to leave the world of corporate kitchens, he knew he wanted to open a restaurant of his own. Now after eight years running Attilio's at Simsbury Farms, the restauranteur will close the doors on his first venture next month.

On September 5, Ceneviva announced on the Attilio's Facebook page that he will be closing the popular seasonal restaurant. The final day will be October 21, 2012.

"The last eight years have been a blessing and we will forever be grateful to those who have supported us," Ceneviva wrote.

Before opening Attilio's at Simsbury Farms, Ceneviva worked as an executive chef at the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Mark Twain House. Before that he was working hard in kitchens in Manhattan.

"I decided to take a chance and open this place," Ceneviva said.

Among the reasons for closing the restaurant is the extremely demanding schedule which has kept him away from his family. Ceneviva, 42, lives in Simsbury with his wife Catherine and their three children, but for a good portion of the year it's all about the restaurant.

"I'm here 7 days a week for 7 months straight," Ceneviva said.

The move is bittersweet for Ceneviva because the hard work he's put in at Attilio's has taught him a great deal about running a business.

"It's been a great experience to own your own restaurant," Ceneviva said. "And the people and the golfers here have been really good to me. They're all very disappointed but it's time to move on."

Ceneviva said it hasn't been easy to run a restaurant when leasing space from the town of Simsbury.

"I'm pretty tired of the politics of running a restaurant up here," Ceneviva said. "It's a lot of micro-managing from the town."

It took Ceneviva nearly four years to secure a license to sell beer and wine at the restaurant but it was a worthwile success for the business.

"All the golfers love the convenience of being able to enjoy beer and wine while they're here," Ceneviva said.

The entrepreneur was in the middle of negotiating a new contract with the town of Simsbury when he decided he couldn't agree with the new terms.

"I believe it will be tough for the next vendor to come in here," Ceneviva said.

What's next for Ceneviva?

"I'm keeping all my options open, but for right now I just want to spend more time with my family."

Robert Kalechman September 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Good Luck Attilio CHOW
Jon September 14, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I guess Simmsbury rather have a empty building then a good paying tenant. Another loss for small businesses.
Mike September 15, 2012 at 04:52 AM
These regulators and heads of these stupid committees have lost it! They get off on their egomaniacal little bits of power that they have and stomp on anyone in their way. They probably are being bossed around in every other facet of thier lives and are constantly losing in life and so when they get the one and only chance piss on someone else, they seize the opportunity. Nice job making it hard for a Simsbury resident/family man/small business owner/tax payer/tenent to run a business here. Meanwhile, you are salivating over Big Y and TJX corporation. The people who gave this man a hard time need to take their heads out of their @$$es.
Thomas September 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Wow!!! Is there more to this story? The owner sounds tired!

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