After 20 years perched in a small gas-station plaza in Bowmansville, Italian restaurant Linguine's has shut its doors.
Owners Vincent and Linda Desiderio announced on Linguine's Facebook page they'll search for a "newer and more modern location" for the family restaurant, which has served from 5380 Genesee St. since 1998.
Sharing a plaza at the corner of Harris Hill Road with a Sunoco gas station and a Just Pizza, Linguine's specialized in traditional Italian food, earning eight plates, out of 10, in a 2015 dining review by The News' Andrew Galarneau.
The restaurant critic was especially fond of the Desiderios' take on calamari, stuffed artichokes and sea bass, beloved for its crispy skin and flaky, tender inside.
"A hands-on approach, with quality ingredients carefully cooked and presented with pride, helps Linguine's beat the odds" of its unusual location, wrote Galarneau.
The Bowmansville restaurant served its last meal on Dec. 28.
Among the 50-plus comments on Linguine's Facebook post, perhaps the most endearing came from user Kay Victor Adamczak:
"Well, you’d better hurry up and find a new place before my Spaghetti Parm levels fall dangerously!!!"