Kevin McDonald and his wife, Helen, have been the proprietors of Damenti’s Restaurant in Mountaintop for 36 years. Kevin, who is the chef at the restaurant, was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and began his career in Denver, Colorado, where he attended the University of Denver. After working In Denver and Steamboat Springs, Kevin and his wife returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania and bought Damenti’s. Kevin and Helen have studied with and been awarded certificates by Marcella Hazan, Bologna, Italy; Ken Hom, Hong Kong; and L’Ecole de Cordon Bleu in Denver, Colorado.
Damenti’s is much more than a family business to the McDonalds, it’s also their home. Damenti’s Restaurant has been a staple in this community for over 60 years. Jimmy Damenti and his wife Jule owned, operated and lived there for 30 years before selling Damenti’s to Kevin and Helen McDonald. In turn Helen and Kevin along with their family have made Damenti’s their home.
Damenti’s has earned this reputation over the years because of the consistently great food, service and atmosphere. Dining at Damenti’s is a very unique experience. When entering the restaurant you will most likely be greeted by Helen and have your dinner cooked by Kevin. Damenti’s decor and atmosphere is unparalleled, Helen takes great pride in the appearance of the restaurant and that is evident as soon as you arrive. Damenti’s decor changes by season and is sure to dazzle. Damenti’s garden is truly spectacular and depending on the season many of our ingredients are grown in our backyard. One specialty item is zucchini blossoms stuffed with crab meat and served with a tomatoes bichamel sauce. The floral arrangements are picked fresh from the garden. The garden is a great place to take a stroll before or after dinner or on your way to our Sand Bar.
We are venturing into a new artistic realm. World class ice sculptors and friends worked on the sand bar and will return frequently to do sculpting performances using, wood, metal, sand, snow, ice and more. Our Sand Bar will remain open throughout the summer.