Note: The 10-course truffle feast set for Sunday at Mike A’s at the Lafayette, and described in print editions of today’s paper, has been canceled because of problems obtaining the key ingredients.

Chef Mike Andrzejewski said he learned Wednesday that he would not be able to get the prized white Italian and black French truffles the night’s menu was to highlight. The dinner would have also featured the work of Steve and Ellen Gedra of Bistro Europa.

Andrzejewski offered his apologies. If he can obtain the right truffles, he said, the dinner may be rescheduled for January.

In other Mike Andrzejewski news, his family Italian place, Tappo (338 Ellicott St., 259-8130), will be open for lunch starting Tuesday.


First, D’Avolio’s was all about oil and vinegar. Then Dan Gagliardo added lunch at the Williamsville store (5409 Main St., 810-9355), with sandwiches, pizza and antipasti.

This year, a construction project expanded the front of the building. On Tuesday, D’Avolio’s 30-seat expansion opened. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., but it will probably be open until 7 or 8 p.m. during the holiday season. Gagliardo said he is considering adding dinner in the new year.


Grand “opening”: After firing up the kitchen for a “Grand Unveil Gala” in September, The Lodge (79 W. Chippewa St., 256-1940) has declared today its grand opening, with a ribbon-cutting and “appetizer reception” at 2:30 p.m. and live music into the night.

The nightspot reportedly spent $1 million on décor but doesn’t have an online menu yet.

Opening: The owner of Suzie Cukes, a local pickle company that sells at area farmers’ markets, is taking the plunge into the restaurant business. Mike Gzyl is opening Fresh Healthy Café (1402 French Road, Suite 300, Depew, 671-8672) with local franchise holder John Pasternack.

“It’s healthy fast food, salads, soups, paninis, unbelievable crepes and smoothies,” said Gzyl, which is pronounced “gazelle,” in case you’re wondering. There’ll be a soft opening before Christmas, he hopes.

Hired: Former Hard Rock Niagara Falls General Manager Dominic Verni will fill the same role for the planned 350-seat restaurant in Terry Pegula’s HarborCenter. Opening in fall 2014, it would be on the huge side at 13,000 square feet, poised to draw game-day and concert crowds from the First Niagara Center next door.

It promises a menu including local culinary favorites and local ingredients, three feature bars and a 36-foot television screen described as the largest in Western New York. “It will be the best place to be in downtown Buffalo,” Verni said.

Moving: La Galera, the popular Mexican restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls, is moving to a larger space a mile east, in the Pine Plaza. The new spot should be open by mid-December, said manager Jose Montes.

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