HOWLAND — Alberini’s Restaurant in Niles, long known for its fine food and wines, will remain in business despite the death of its founder, Richard F. Alberini Sr.
Alberini of Howland died at 3:30 a.m. New Year’s Day at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, Poland, after a long illness. He was 76.
Alberini’s brother, Fred, said today the restaurant on U.S. Route 422 will continue to operate under the ownership of Alberini’s son, Richard “Chook” Alberini Jr.
“He was a great guy with a great family,” said Niles Mayor Ralph A. Infante.
“Hey, mayor, what’s going on?” Infante recalled Alberini greeting him with his rich voice when he walked into the restaurant.
The mayor called attention to Alberini’s strong support of Niles football, and how he looked forward to going skiing in the winters.
“It’s a big loss of a friend,” Infante added.
Down “The Strip” on U.S. Route 422 was Abruzzi’s Cafe 422 restaurant that was in Robert Abruzzi’s family until Jan. 1, 2006, when it was sold.
“Richard Alberini was one of the greats on The Strip,” said Abruzzi, who was the principal owner until the Cafe 422 changed hands and he retired. “This is another milestone of ‘The Strip’,” Abruzzi said of Alberini’s death.