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Changed format

Beginning March 20, Marinaccio's Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville, will change its name to Marinaccio's Steak & Seafood. General manager Ralph Guadagno tells us that the restaurant, under new management since the beginning of the year, is also changing its menu and will specialize in prime meat.

The new executive chef will be Gene Pigeon, formerly of Pranzo.


Changed policy

A call from Henry Gorino tells us that 800 Maple, a restaurant that formerly followed a no-reservations policy, now accepts dinner reservations seven days a week. The number to call is 688-5800.

Another new idea at the restaurant: Monday nights will now be "industry night," with half prices on bar food and drinks for those who work in food service. The hours for that are 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


Telethon dinner

Russ Salvatore dropped a note to tell us that on Thursday his restaurant, Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster, will sponsor a gourmet dinner to benefit the Variety Kids Telethon, which will air the following weekend.

This is the second annual event, and a crowd of 400 plus is expected, including Mr. Food and other Channel 7 personalities. Tickets are $50; please call 683-7990 for more information.


Wine/food pairing

"Discover the Fruit Wines of Niagara" is the theme of a wine tasting and food pairing to be held at Wegmans at 5275 Sheridan Drive from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on March 11.

The food comes from Wegmans, with chef Don Woods presiding. The wine is from Vizcarra Vineyards, and the price is $50 per person. Availability is limited; buy tickets at any Wegmans video department. For additional info, please call 631-4370.

If you have news of the local restaurant world, write to Restaurants, The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY 14240 or e-mail

-- Janice Okun

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