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Aldo Evangelista is gone, but La Hacienda will live on. The Niagara Falls restaurant at 3019 Pine Ave. will be operated by the famed Niagara Falls restaurateur's family, with a planned reopening Wednesday. "Nothing's changing," said Donato Evangelista, Aldo's son. From the food to the staff, everything will be as Aldo left it, Donato said. After being diagnosed wi…

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Aldo Evangelista, owner, chef and personality behind La Hacienda, has died. After he took over the restaurant from his in-laws, Evangelista's pizza and Italian classics drew fans to 3019 Pine Ave. from down the street and far away. "Aldo was somebody who was a celebrity here in Niagara Falls," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. "He was in the habit of greeting his…

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