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Growing up, Richard Semonian ate his mother’s tomato sauce three days a week. The former Maryann Torregrossa would mix crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, onion and spices, before simmering spare ribs, meatballs, or sausage in the sauce. When he left for college in Pittsburgh, Semonian couldn’t bring her along – but the sauce was his lifeline. “I always took a giant T…

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800 Maple 800 Maple Road, Williamsville Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday with five selections $5 each including 800 Cosmo, Lemon Drop Martini, Crosby Cabernet, Zonin Pinot Grigio and Standing Stone Riesling (no substitutions). Hours: Bar open daily at 4 p.m. The Scene: Classy, upscale lounge. TVs tuned to sports. Extras: Live music Friday beginning at 9 …

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The restaurant planned for 927 Elmwood Ave. won’t be called Rocco’s, even though it’s coming from the owners behind Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza.   Chuck Mauro, one of the owners, said the place will be named after John Tronolone, a member of the ownership group and Oliver’s host, who died in 2013. Tronolone worked with Mauro, Henry Gorino and others on Oliver’s, Siena, 800 Ma…

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Chef’s Restaurant has ended its pizza experiment after two months. Owner Lou Billitier Jr. announced the closing of his Chef’s Garage Pizza takeout pizza operation Monday on the restaurant’s Facebook page. He cited reasons including complaints from customers at Chef’s Restaurant that they couldn’t get the pizza as a dine-in option, and a desire to avoid competing with ex…