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By Gia Miller

Photography by Justin Negard

Waiters/waitresses are the world’s oldest influencers – they tell us what to eat (and drink) whenever we dine out. And we often take their advice without watching hours of their videos to determine if they’re trustworthy. We sat down with some of our local influencers to get to know the folks who influence our choices.

Kris Tetreault
Server, 23 years
Dinardo’s Ristorante Italiano, Pound Ridge

Do you consider yourself an influencer?
Not really. I’m more friendly than an influencer. I guess you could say I give guidance.

What is your number one rule when making recommendations?
First, I need a little direction as to whether they want meat, fish, pasta or if they’re generally open to anything. And then I can make a recommendation.

Best recommendation you’ve ever made?
You should always have room for dessert, especially the tiramisu. Or, if you’re full, try the limoncello cake – it’s very light.

Worst recommendation you’ve ever made?
It’s not really a recommendation, but people ask about tripe when they see it on the menu. They usually think it’s a fish, so they’ll ask what type of fish it is. But tripe is the lining of the cow’s stomach. And when I tell them that, they immediately go for something else. But if people have had it before, then they love it. People always ask why tripe is on our menu, and it’s because it’s something that you wouldn’t make at home – it takes hours to do.

What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened at this restaurant?
When I first began working here, this restaurant had booths and carpets. About 15 years ago, I went on vacation, and before I left, Frank, the owner, told me that when I came back from vacation, I was going to see something totally different. And he was right. When I came back, the booths were gone, the floor was tiled. Everything was different! It was a complete transformation of DiNardo’s!

What’s the coolest thing that’s ever happened at this restaurant?
Someone offered me four Boston Red Sox tickets because they know my husband is a fan. They were phenomenal seats. My sister and her husband went with us, and we’re going to go again soon.

What do you like about working at DiNardo’s?
It’s a really nice place to come to work because everyone is like family. If you have a bad day at home, you’re gonna smile here. People come back week after week, sometimes twice a week.

What’s your favorite dish?
The chicken parmesan. It’s a nice, cozy, warm dish. It’s yummy and very satisfying. The marina is great, the pasta is light, not very heavy. It’s so good.

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Gia Miller is an award-winning journalist and the editor-in-chief/co-publisher of Connect to Northern Westchester. She has a magazine journalism degree (yes, that's a real thing) from the University of Georgia and has written for countless national publications, ranging from SELF to The Washington Post. Gia desperately wishes schools still taught grammar. Also, she wants everyone to know they can delete the word "that" from about 90% of their sentences, and there's no such thing as "first annual." When she's not running her media empire, Gia enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, laughing at her crazy dog and listening to a good podcast. She thanks multiple alarms, fermented grapes and her amazing husband for helping her get through each day. Her love languages are food and humor.