Tonawanda News — “A lot of things I’m doing here aren’t just straight spaghetti and meatballs,” Giordano said. “You’ll see a lot of things on my menu you won’t see on other menus.”
Most of her recipes came passed down through generations. Her father’s mother came to the United States from Sicily aboard the Neapolitan Prince in July 1895.
“My father and I have cooked very closely together over the years. He learned to cook from his mother who is first-generation Sicilian,” she said.
It was her father’s dream to own a restaurant like his brothers — whom he looked up to even though he had a respectable enough job as a doctor. Giordano and brother both took that love of cooking from their father and made careers of it.
She studied hotel and restaurant management at Niagara University and also attended Green Mountain College in Vermont. She’s been a chef in Western New York for 30 years, at restaurants including the Creekview in Williamsville and Mother’s and Reginald’s in Buffalo.
Her brother is a chef in Charleston, S.C.
“Food is a passion that I love,” Giordano said. “I love to build things, I love to create things. You wrap that up in a kitchen and a restaurant.
“I’m hoping that we’ll be a really great addition to the Kenmore neighborhood.”• WHAT: GiGi's Cucina Povera • WHERE: 981 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore • FARE: Sicilian and Mediterranean • HOURS: 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday; 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • MORE INFORMATION: Call 877-8788 or visit www.gigiscucinapovera.com