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Ex-Wehrle diner owner offers Aperitivo in East Amherst

Nick Klentos, whose family ran the Wehrle Diner until selling it last year, has opened Aperitivo, a new upscale casual place on Transit Road.

The 85-seat restaurant at 9430 Transit Road, East Amherst, opened for business in a recently-built plaza on April 14.

It’s not an Italian restaurant, despite the name, Klentos said. It’s a New American restaurant with some Mediterranean influence, Klentos said. That translates to Italian dishes like arancini ($9) and artichokes francaise ($11) but also some Greek touches he continued from the Wehrle, like a lamb chops appetizer with tzatziki ($13), and an open-faced chicken souvlaki ($11).

Entrees include gnocchi Bolognese ($20), salmon with feta orzo ($21) and a 12-ounce ribeye steak with fingerling potatoes and asparagus ($28), the most expensive dish on the menu.

Vegetarian and vegan dishes have their own section, including lentil-mushroom ragout with grilled orange-ginger tofu ($8) and zucchini stuffed with quinoa, shiitakes and cashews ($9).

Aperitivo has eight taps, half locally brewed beers.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner every day but Sunday. Phone: 689-3663. Its menu can be read at aperitivorestaurant.com.

“If you want to spend $50 on a bottle of wine and an $80 steak, you should go to Russell’s, not my place,” Klentos said. “This is an everyday place, come when you want a glass of wine and something to eat.”

The menu for Aperitivo, which dedicates a whole section to vegetarian and vegan options.

The menu for Aperitivo, which dedicates a whole section to vegetarian and vegan options.

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