Leonard Silveri, a longtime restaurateur who worked in the food services business for more than 40 years, died Thursday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. He was 77.
Mr. Silveri was born in Buffalo and served five years in the Marine Corps. He earned an associate degree in food service management at Erie Community College and also studied food marketing management at the University of Buffalo.
An Amherst resident, Mr. Silveri was general manager and consultant of Little Talia Trattoria since 1990. He also was general manager of the Larkin at Exchange building's Larkin Street Cafe from 2002 to 2003.
During the 1980s, Mr. Silveri was owner-operator of Papa Louis Trattoria in Santa Monica, Calif., manager of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif., and banquet manager of Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, Calif.
In the 1970s, Mr. Silveri was owner-operator of Gabriel's Gate in Buffalo and Gabriel in the Village in Hamburg. During the 1960s, he was general manager and later owner of the Continental Inn in Buffalo.
He was a member of the Innkeepers Association of America, Restaurant Association of Western New York and Allentown Businessmen's Association.
Mr. Silveri enjoyed golf, tennis, running, handball, the arts, community activities and renovation of old homes and boats. He was a parishioner of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Eggertsville.
Survivors include his wife, the former Antonia Castellani; two daughters, Elizabeth and Talia; a son, Andrew O'Brien; and a sister, Betty Galeota.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Benedict Church, 1317 Eggert Road, Eggertsville.