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After a week of service, Niagara Falls’ La Hacienda is dark again. After the death of owner Aldo Evangelista, his son Donato said he was taking over the Pine Avenue restaurant with his mother, Lillian. The restaurant served dinner for several nights, then closed. Michael Capizzi Jr., owner of next-door-neighbor Michael’s, said he hasn’t seen any activity at La Hacien…

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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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La Hacienda existed long before Aldo Evangelista came to Niagara Falls. Now he’s looking for an owner to keep the iconic Italian eatery open without him. After more than 40 years working in the pizza and pasta business at 3019 Pine Ave. in the Cataract City, Evangelista is looking to retire. He’s hoping to sell everything—the building, the recipes, and the eatery’s famous…