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A new bar-restaurant in Medina aims to please eyes as well as palates with a unique sculpture of the Erie Canal that runs through the dining room, serving as bar and table tops as well as decor. The interior of Mile 303, 416 Main St., has a turquoise stream flowing through it that rises and dips, echoing in an abstract way the topography of the canal. It's made of hard …

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Vincent and Linda Desiderio are bringing Linguine's restaurant back, in a bigger, better spot. After 20 years in a gas station plaza, the Desiderios closed one of the most-loved Italian restaurants in that area in December. Now they've signed the lease for a new place at 5354 Genesee St., Bowmansville, the former site of Water Lily Cafe. This restaurant, just a few h…

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Four months ago, there was a large for lease sign outside Siena restaurant in Snyder and the restaurant's owners were eyeing a move two blocks to the east. Today, Siena remains open for business at 4516 Main St., the sign is gone and the restaurant's owners no longer plan to buy the building at 4614 Main. Chuck Mauro, one of Siena's owners, said the restaurant is sta…

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Confession is good for the soul, or so they say. So I will share that when the first dishes arrived at Mangia, I emitted a quiet sigh of relief. After visiting so many Italian-American restaurants, the dominant strain of the area's "ethnic" eateries, I have developed red sauce fatigue. I've learned to expect average food in an average setting, made by a staff putting in…

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Bruno Italian Grill has moved in to the space formerly occupied by Rachel’s Mediterranean on the corner of Chippewa and Delaware. Trusting a similar business model to Rachel’s but a different cuisine, Bruno is hoping its fast-casual, build-your-own Italian concept will hit the ground running in stride with the time-crunched business crowd it’s hoping to entice. Bruno…

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Louie Yannello serves all the food he grew up eating in his Italian household: stuffed peppers, artichokes, salads, pastas and breads. “I have my own style of cooking, but it all comes from my mother, mainly,” said Yannello, owner of Louie’s Deli & Imports. “She would tell me, ‘If you like to eat, you’re going to have to learn how to cook.’ ” His parents started …

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Sinatra's, the classic Italian-American restaurant on Kenmore Avenue, will move to its new building across the street following a charity auction on March 19. The new Sinatra's at 945 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, can hold twice as many people for dinner, said manager David Ortolano. New features will include gluten-free pasta, a broader selection of Italian wine, and a pati…

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Mulberry Italian Ristorante won't be opening a sister restaurant in Snyder after all. "We're not doing it," said Joe Jerge, a Mulberry owner. "I'm really disappointed." Asked what happened to negotiations with the space's leaseholder, Jerge declined to comment. Announced in August, the new Mulberry was originally set to open at 4548 Main St., the former Squire on …

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Mulberry Italian Ristorante won't be opening a sister restaurant in Snyder after all. "We're not doing it," said Joe Jerge, a Mulberry owner. "I'm really disappointed." Asked what happened to negotiations with the space's leaseholder, Jerge declined to comment. Announced in August, the new Mulberry was originally set to open at 4548 Main St., the former Squire on …

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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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The people behind Rachel's Mediterranean, relocated to 235 S. Elmwood Ave., are opening a quick-serve Italian spot in the former Rachel's spot at Chippewa and Delaware. The space, at 235 Delaware Ave., will be called Bruno Italian Grill. The restaurant's setup echoes Rachel's, with an Italian accent. Customers choose pasta, wrap or salad, then customize it. The me…

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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 Mediterr…

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Lombardi’s Trattoria opened last week on Lockport’s West Avenue. John Lombardi, a Lockport city councilman for 12 years, will own the place at 436 West Ave. with David Herl, who'll be the chef. Lombardi, whose family owns Overhead Door Co., said “we did this to bring back the families that consider the West End their home.”  The interior has been redone with accents that…

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The owner of Soho Burger Bar is turning a place across the street into an Italian restaurant. Jay Manno said that the former City Tavern will become Frankie Primo’s +39 before the end of November, if all goes well. It'll be like Soho, he said: "Fine dining service and quality food in a fun, fast casual atmosphere." He expects to open with a menu of brick oven pizzas, pa…