The Tastemaker's Table - Zio and Sons: Mixing Old And New

Meet creative couple Anthony D’Argenzio and Hillary Zio. Anthony is the mastermind behind Zio & Sons, a creative firm and visual lifestyle brand whose thoughtful and visionary approach to product and content development has made them an authority in the home, design and travel spheres.   This January, Country Living magazine named Anthony one of “The Country’s 100 Most Creative People”. And Hillary? She is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds an Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits with the S.W.E.T.  She teaches wine classes and her book “The Unfiltered Guide To Working Wine” was released in 2016. She now assists growing businesses with creative written content and captivating visuals.


Together they own and run This Old Hudson, a celebrated, multi-purposed rental property in Hudson, New York. The 100 -year old property is a transformable space that is available for productions, photo and video shoots, intimate special events and weekend lodging.


Zio and Sons is inspired by timeless and classic design with a modern approach. And when you open the beautiful red front door a This Old Hudson,  Anthony’s mix of Old and New World finds , along with his contemporary approach that has made him a sought-after stylist and creative content developer for brands and publishers alike is revealed. 

On the table: Bare Pitcher, Birch Small Oval Platter, Vases and Dinnerware

Here on famed Warren Street, just a few steps from the slew of design, antique and foodie shops is this quiet oasis . The painted wood floors, meticulous venetian plastered walls in the palest grey set the stage for vintage textiles, custom antiqued brass light fixtures, and a trove of oil paintings. The light that beams through the space just makes you want to have a seat, exhale and enjoy that glass of wine Hillary has offered.

Shown Left: Stacked: Birch Salad and Bread Plates, Birch Noodle Bowl and Birch Vases. Center: Birch Dinner, Salad and Bread Plate, Right" Birch Small Oval Platter

We were delighted to have them create their Tastemakers’ Table and show us how  Zio and Sons way to gather.

“Our entertaining mantra is ‘simple and delicious’. I like to let the ingredients shine, while sourcing local as much as possible and keeping true to the season. Our in-house Sommelier, Hillary, usually takes the lead on the menu and especially the wine pairings. Our ten foot table seats about 12-14 comfortably, allow us to all gather together.”

So here at This Old Hudson, Anthony chose our Birch dinnerware and serving pieces for a light, airy early spring tablescape. The clean lines and quiet texture of the birch pattern offer a subtle canvas for a fresh Spring lunch. On the menu: Ricotta Toast with Pears and Honey, fresh Beet Soup with Dill & Sour Cream paired with a bottle of Vermentino (white from Italy).


Shown Left: Birch Soup Bowls Right: Bare Pitcher, Birch Vases

What’s on your playist? “This Old Hudson is equipped with surround sound speakers by Sonos. When entertaining, we like to play an eclectic mix of indie, Jazz and feel-good classics. “

A few of their favorite stations on Spotify include:
“Feel Good Dinner” / “Jazzy Dinner” / “Ultimate Indie”

Shown: Bare Lidded Vessels 

We hope you’re inspired now to shake up your basic white dinnerware by adding some texture and thoughtful details. Want more inspiration? Check out @zioandsons and @thisoldhudson on Instagram for your daily dose. And see even more This Old Hudson in this fabulous Architectural Digest feature ….spot the DBO HOME vessels and vases in the space.

Bring home the pieces Anthony and Hillary used to set their table specially priced for a limited time HERE

Want even more inspiration? Check out our previous Tastemaker's Tables. 

Photography and Stylist: Zio & Sons Creative

Portrait of Anthony and Hillary by Kristen Alana