Vince Gagliardo is the new chef/owner of Vincent's Just Pasta Plus, 307 Bryant St., and he tells us he has completely redecorated the place once known simply as Just Pasta.
Gagliardo will feature an art gallery and an extended menu featuring not only pasta but meat, fish and vegetarian items. The young chef attended Johnson & Wales Cooking School in Providence, R.I., as well as the Niagara University School of Hospitality. He hails from Niagara Falls, where his family owns a restaurant called Gagsters. Gagsters' Zucchini Supreme won a Taste of Buffalo award last year.
Just Pasta Plus will be open for both lunch and dinner. It will open officially April 18.
Terry Bechakas of the Hourglass, 981 Kenmore Ave., has closed the doors for a month or so while he gives the restaurant a new look, a new menu and a more complete wine list. "You have to move with the times," the veteran restaurateur says.
The Hourglass closed Saturday and is expected to reopen before June.
Forrest Klaffke, head winemaker for the Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, Ore., along with the assistant winemaker, Don Crank, will be hanging out at City Grill, 268 Main St., for an evening of tasting and food/wine pairings this Monday.
Between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, a guided tasting of four wines will be offered at a cost of $15.
A three-course prix fixe menu featuring the wines will be offered throughout the evening. Price is $39. Reservations are suggested. Call 856-2651.
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