Kandied Kernels popping on Old Liverpool Road

— Meanwhile, Ascioti’s To Go has opened at the old Squadrito’s location, 207 Osxwego St. (a.k.a. Old Liverpool Road), in Ponderosa Plaza. The Ascioti family which has operated a meat market in Solvay for 99 years, specializes in Italian sausage, authentic Italian cheeses, imported dried pasta and its own “world-famous” meatball mix; asciotismarket.com/‎.

Fifteen hours of feasting

The Gardenview Diner, 650 Old Liverpool Road, is now opened from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week.

“We figured why not,” said Nik Ionnides, who owns the popular eatery along with his brother, John. The brothers saw several other area restaurants closing – Friendly’s, Kirby’s, etc. – and thought this could be a good time to expand its hours. “We’ve got a good staff, and for John and I it only means another six hours a week,” Nik said. “Anyhow it gives Rob Cooper, our number-one cook , a chance to make some of those dinner dishes he does so well, like chicken marsala.”

New customers aren’t the only people the Gardenview got from Kirby’s closing. Waitress Sandy Thomas worked for 32 years at that Route 57 restaurant but after it closed a few months ago, Sandy landed on her feet on the other side of town, at the Gardenview, where breakfast is served all day long and its Friday-Saturday fish fries are fantastic; 451-5525.

Tinsel tunes

The Maria DeSantis Band will celebrate this season’s winter wonderland with a free holiday concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Liverpool Public Library. If Santa’s smiling on us, we’ll get a chance to hear Liverpool native Keith Condon sing some of your favorite Christmas standards; lpl.org; 457-3010.

The Mario DeSantis Orchestra presents its annual Christmas at The Palace show at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Palace Theater in Eastwood. The big band’s special guests sure to include Liverpool’s own master saxist, Joe Riposo. For ticket info, visit desantisorchestra.com.

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