Watch highlights from our recent Sicily wine dinner.
The Jarrettown Hotel offers a unique combination of extraordinary Italian cuisine, exquisite décor, and affordable prices. With passion and Italian gusto, owner Giovanni Agresti is delivering a true taste of Italy in Montgomery County.
Since we opened The Jarrettown Hotel, our food has been known for its freshness and flavor. We believe that food, and the process of crafting food, deserve the utmost care and respect. We bring together sensational imported ingredients, the freshest seasonal produce, local meats, and seafood (delivered daily) with authentic family recipes.
Our goal is to carry on the established traditions of Italian cooking from previous generations and deliver them to our customers. The result is deliciously simple, rustic and uncompromised cuisine.
Consider us when planning your special event. Our lovely restaurant will accommodate private dining for groups over 100 guests, making The Jarrettown Hotel the ideal location for social functions. Whether you have 10 or 100 guests, planning an event, at our restaurant, is truly easy.
Our Menu is also available for take-out and if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you with our great Italian specialties.
Our new wine cellar room – Now available for private parties!
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant:
The Jarrettown Hotel was built by Henry Houpt in 1847 on three acres of land purchased
in 1759 by Samuel Houpt, Henry’ grandfather. The property had passed out the hands of
the Houpt family five years before the hotel was built. Henry Houpt owned the business
for 22 years and then sold the tavern in 1865 to Nathan Marple. When Marple died,
his widow, Sarah, hired Charles Palmer as landlord, and it became known as Palmer’s
Hotel. It is presumed because of the name change that Palmer leased the premises
rather than served as an employee. On May 28, 1896, a cyclone swept across Upper
Dublin aimed directly at Jarrettown. Ironically, the hotel sustained only slight damage,
but the stonewalled stable of the hotel collapsed killing two men, some horses and
injuring many others. A group of 21 men came from Ambler to assist in caring for the
injured and to seek the bodies from the rubble. The men who died were Albert Moffit, a
hostler employed at the hotel, and Winfield Ensley a horseman from Germantown who
had along with the others, taken shelter in the stable because of its thick stone walls.
Thirty-five houses and other buildings, including the Jarrettown Methodist Church and
the schoolhouse, which lost its roof, were damaged. The Otto Kaiser property, just
southwest of the hotel, was according to a newspaper account, “swept from the earth”.
In 1898 Sarah Marple’s daughter Mary Lower inherited the hotel and William C. Lower
sold it to Irvin R Rotzell in 1902 for $12,000, the same year telephones were installed. In
1939, Rotzell sold the hotel to John and Clara Schmitt, in whose family it remained until
1997. In 2007 the Jarrettown Village Associates, purchased the Jarrettown Hotel and its
surrounding property. Under the ownership of Giovanni Agresti, the Jarrettown Hotel
has undergone extensive restoration, keeping the beauty of the original building, while
creating a beautiful atmosphere for it’s guests. Reopening in September of 2008, the
Jarrettown Hotel, once again, has become a meeting place for friends and family, where
they can enjoy delicious food in the warmth of an historic building.