on August 15, 2014 - 7:02 AM
June 1, 1928-Aug. 13, 2014
Marian Scioli, co-owner of a popular Cheektowaga drive-in restaurant, died Wednesday in Hospice Wells House at Beechwood, Getzville. She was 86.
Born in Watertown, Mrs. Scioli was part of a family of Buffalo-area restaurateurs.
For several years she worked at Nino’s, the Italian restaurant of her mother, Josephine Panasci.
Mrs. Scioli later partnered with her husband, Sal, to run Sal’s Drive-In from 1963 to 1987.
Sal’s was well known for its Super Sal sandwich and tall, frozen mugs of root beer.
Her uncle, John Guida, founded John & Mary’s restaurant, while her aunt, Rose Lazarro, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sunny and Nina Scioli, ran Mama Rose’s Restaurant.
Her nephew, Anthony Scioli, owns My Tomato Pie and Nina’s Custard with a niece, Susan Lettieri.
Mrs. Scioli loved to cook and host dinner parties and holiday events.
She also was an avid gardener and devoted her time to a large garden at her former summer home in Fort Erie, Ont.
Following retirement, she enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharon and Nina.
Her funeral will be at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lombardo Funeral Home, 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.