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.”