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February 6, 2013

New chef has impressive pedigree at Westby's

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Niagara Gazette — Venezia does not seem to be afraid to talk up his food. “My big complaint is that sometimes I sit down at a restaurant and look at the menu and I think to myself, ‘I don’t want anything on the menu.’ On our menu, I could order everything,” he said. 

“You come over here for dinner you’ll have the best meal you’ve had in a long time,” he added.

Abban Westby, who co-owns the restaurant and bar with his partner, Bill Occhino, says the new chef is just a simple guy who is passionate about food and has changed the restaurant’s menu to more like that of a trendsetting “gastro-pub,” where traditional tavern food is handmade from scratch.

“He makes his own chips, french fries, and breads his own chicken,” he said, noting the chef also makes his own soups for the new “fast lunch” soup and salad bar. “His passion is crazy — he’s like a 21-year-old kid,” Westby said of the father of four. 

The best part is that the new chef enjoys sharing his cooking expertise, which spreads his wealth of knowledge among those who work with him.

“He enjoys teaching,” Westby added. “You can see him teaching the guys in the kitchen and they’re really enjoying it.” 

Contact Features Editor

Michele DeLuca

at 282-2311, ext. 2263.

IF YOU GO WHO: Westby's Pub and Eatery WHERE: 6935 Ward Road., Wheatfield FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 260-1863 or visit www.westbysbuffalo.com

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