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Twisted Vine Kitchen and Market opens in Virgil
Joe Marchese owns Twisted Vine Kitchen and Market at 1504 Niagara Stone Rd. in Virgil.(Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

A new Virgil restaurant is bringing Italian cuisine to town.

Twisted Vine Kitchen and Market had a quiet opening on Friday. Located on Niagara Stone Road near Sono’s Cafe, the restaurant offers Italian and continental cuisine with daily features.

With two soft openings last week, restaurant owner Joe Marchese said most customers loved the place, which has a “rustic but modern look.”

Construction started last May and the grand opening was initially scheduled for October. It was delayed due to construction issues, said Marchese.

With “beautiful” Lake Ontario and Virgil being a “great” town, Marchese decided “it would be a nice spot for Italian cuisine,” he said.

Coming from a family of Italian immigrants, Marchese said he got his “food influence” from his mother Ada Marchese, who was a chef for 50 years.

Over the past 15 years, he owned two La Scala Ristorante locations in St. Catharines. He doesn’t operate any other businesses right now as his main priority is the new restaurant, he said. 

“It still never gets easier,” he told The Lake Report. “There are always challenges and always something that you’re always learning.”

There is eight to 15 staff working at the restaurant, said Marchese, as well as a local chef, Nina Sharpe, who is from St. Catharines.

There is also a small indoor market with imported Italian foods such as olives, pasta and Marchese’s private-label Sicilian olive oil.

“So far, we’re pretty happy with everything. We’re going to do our best to do the best we can,” he said.