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Niagara Falls gets Italian 'Sunday dinner' place

An Italian Sunday supper specialist is opening Carmine’s in the former Pete’s Market House space on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls.

It’s at 1701 Pine Ave., across the street from DiCamillo’s Bakery and not far from the City Market.

“This is going to be traditional Sunday dinner,” said owner Carmine Bianco. “The sauce is the key. It’ll be Sunday dinner without the fighting, that’s my motto.”

Bianco said his eggplant parmesan was honored at the Taste of Niagara Region fundraiser in January. That will be on the menu, along with his stuffed mushrooms. Peppers, lasagna, lentils, wedding soup, smelt, “anything Italian,” for dine-in or take-away, Bianco said. “We’re going to have tripe (cooked in tomato sauce) by the quart.”

Bianco said he plans to open on May 22. The restaurant will have about 30 seats, and a full bar.

Bianco, a physical education teacher at Niagara Falls High School, has also organized the city’s Italian Festival the last four years. He decided to open a restaurant after his cooking at catering gigs got rave reviews. His friends have been urging him on for years, said Bianco. Though he has been cooking for years, he said, it is his first restaurant. Phone: 205-8767.

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