Sad news from Niagara Falls – Pine Avenue Icon, Aldo Evangelista has passed away

March 1, 2018

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

(Photo credit: Niagara Gazette)

He was known as simply “Aldo” on the streets of Niagara Falls. Fortunaldo “Aldo” Evangelista was an icon, serving up some of the finest Italian food around in his popular eatery, LaHacienda Pizza for decades.

The family-run Italian restaurant was established in 1949 and is a local fixture in the Falls for pizza and drinks.

 

 

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    Aldo ,was part of my Pine Avenue family! His father-in-law started the pizzaria across from Memorial Hospital. Hard working, good people!

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    Aldo ,was part of my Pine Avenue family! His father-in-law started the pizzaria across from Memorial Hospital. Hard working, good people!

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    So sorry to hear of Aldo’s passing. He was a bigger-than-life character! He was so kind to me when my mom was sick and subsequently passed. He came to her wake, even though he didn’t know her. What a comfort. Memory Eternal Aldo!

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    So sorry to hear of Aldo’s passing. He was a bigger-than-life character! He was so kind to me when my mom was sick and subsequently passed. He came to her wake, even though he didn’t know her. What a comfort. Memory Eternal Aldo!

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    I was a regular for years, buying the BEST PIZZA ON EARTH. Almost every year around the holidays he would say, “This one, On the house!”, in his great accent. It ALWAYS surprised me. Such a warm, kind, generous man. You made so many people happy. I’ll miss you Aldo.

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    I was a regular for years, buying the BEST PIZZA ON EARTH. Almost every year around the holidays he would say, “This one, On the house!”, in his great accent. It ALWAYS surprised me. Such a warm, kind, generous man. You made so many people happy. I’ll miss you Aldo.

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    Hello, Myself and my family always enjoyed going to the La hacienda, always a friendly atmosphere, RIP Tony & family Niagara falls Canada

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    Hello, Myself and my family always enjoyed going to the La hacienda, always a friendly atmosphere, RIP Tony & family Niagara falls Canada

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    Grew up in St. Catharines and now live in Aurora Ontario. Aldo was the best. Always would drop by the table and say hello. We have been dining there for over 40 years. He will be missed by all. Our condolences to his family Ward Seymour

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    Grew up in St. Catharines and now live in Aurora Ontario. Aldo was the best. Always would drop by the table and say hello. We have been dining there for over 40 years. He will be missed by all. Our condolences to his family Ward Seymour

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    Live in St Catharines have been coming for the best Pizza since 1962. Aldo knew us as soon as we walked in the door with WELCOME BACK sure will miss him. I hope Lillian and staff will continue on with his work. It will be impossible for any one person to replace Aldo.

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    Live in St Catharines have been coming for the best Pizza since 1962. Aldo knew us as soon as we walked in the door with WELCOME BACK sure will miss him. I hope Lillian and staff will continue on with his work. It will be impossible for any one person to replace Aldo.

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    We will miss you Aldo! Three generations of my family have been to Hacienda. Our families are from Welland, Ontario and Waterloo, Ontario. Always worth the drive to Hacienda. I remember going there as a kid and I am glad that I got to take my own kids there to experience it with their grandparents. Such fun, happy and delicious memories. Aldo was a fun loving person who made our visits enjoyable – and the food (pizza and wings was our favourite) is spectacular.

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    We will miss you Aldo! Three generations of my family have been to Hacienda. Our families are from Welland, Ontario and Waterloo, Ontario. Always worth the drive to Hacienda. I remember going there as a kid and I am glad that I got to take my own kids there to experience it with their grandparents. Such fun, happy and delicious memories. Aldo was a fun loving person who made our visits enjoyable – and the food (pizza and wings was our favourite) is spectacular.

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