Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia Announce New Members of Wedding & Event Team

Fidanza Family Properties adds wealth of experience and planning expertise

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (June 8, 2021) — Middletown-based Fidanza Family Properties, the premiere property, food and beverage service management group in the Hudson Valley, announced today the addition of Mathieu Sylva and Kayla Frisenda to the wedding and event team at Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia. Sylva and Frisenda have joined an already exceptional team of professionals who have been delivering one-of-a-kind experiences at wedding and events for more than three decades.

Sylva carries a world of experience into his new position as Maître’ d’. He has trained at Le Procope in Paris, The Savoy Hotel in London and Windows on the World in New York. With over 20 years in the industry, he brings an innovative level of expertise in fine dining, banquets, catering and private clubs to Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia. Sylva will be a valuable resource to brides and hosts as they navigate through the wedding and event planning process.  

Frisenda brings more than 11 years of hospitality experience to her new role as Maître’ d’ at Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia. She will also work day-to-day with brides and hosts to ensure their wedding and event planning needs are met up to and on their special day. A Hudson Valley native, Frisenda has previously served in various hospitality roles for Villa Venezia and Fidanza Family Properties.

In addition to the new team members, Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia boast some of the most-experienced event planning professionals in the region including Fidanza Family Properties’ Principals Franco and Paula Fidanza; Director of Sales, Margherita Rotundo; Director of Operations, Sabrina Fidanza and Director of Operations, Raffaele Fidanza.

“As we prepare to open The Barn at Villa Venezia and continue to host extraordinary events at Villa Venezia, we recognize the need for experienced professionals who go above and beyond for our brides and event hosts,” said Franco Fidanza. “Mathieu and Kayla have the experience and skill set that will deliver unforgettable events for our clients and their guests.”

Rotundo and Sabrina Fidanza will continue to work and plan day-to-day with brides and event hosts to ensure their special event runs smoothly. Rotundo has more than a decade of event planning and hospitality experience while Sabrina Fidanza has been part of the family business for nearly a dozen years. Raffaele Fidanza has also been part of the family-business for more than a decade and will work with Sabrina, Franco and Paula Fidanza on the operations side of Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia.  


Founded by Franco and Paula Fidanza and based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Fidanza Family Properties is the premiere property, entertainment and food service management group in the area. With a wide-ranging and diverse list of entities, Fidanza Family Properties operates award-winning venues across the region. Entities include restaurant chains Planet Wings and Pizza E Birra; banquet and event halls Villa Venezia and The Barn at Villa Venezia; C’est La Vie Spa and Salon and the historic Maddy’s Diner.

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