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Lombardo's expands offerings, waistlines

Dozens of wines, fresh fruit margaritas added to menu

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Patrons enjoy Vito's Vineyard at Lombardo's on Friday night. Behind the bar, from left, are General Manager David Goodbar, Jennifer MacDonald from Young's Market and bartender Nick Lombardo, the owner's son.<br>
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JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br><br> Patrons enjoy Vito's Vineyard at Lombardo's on Friday night. Behind the bar, from left, are General Manager David Goodbar, Jennifer MacDonald from Young's Market and bartender Nick Lombardo, the owner's son.<br> <a href="http://kingmandailyminer.com/Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=20">Click here to purchase this photo</a>

KINGMAN - Since it first opened last August, Lombardo's Sicilian Grille at 710 Eastern Ave. has been making quite an impression on Kingman's collective waistline, boasting a unique variety of Sicilian cuisine passed down from generation to generation by owner Vito Lombardo's family.

"These are all recipes from our hometown of Alcamo," Lombardo said. "It's Sicilian home cooking, which is a little different from Italian - it's more of a meat and potatoes, go out in the garden and pick it, that kind of cooking."

But while Sicilian is certainly distinct from mainland Italian food, that isn't to say it doesn't also feature the Italian staple of heaping mounds of pasta in between the veal scallopini and eggplant Parmesan.

"Oh, there's lots of pasta. Lots and lots and lots of pasta," Lombardo said. "There's more garlic, maybe a little bit spicier in the alfredos. Our lasagna is to die for. It's an old recipe that my mom used to make, so the lasagna's my favorite."

Despite the rigors brought on by the struggling economy, Lombardo said business has been surprisingly brisk, and has been very well-received by the community, many of whom claim Kingman has needed a restaurant like his for far too long.

"I hear it every day," he said. "We have done very, very well, considering this whole economy thing going on. We've had lots of banquets, especially throughout the holidays, when we were probably doing three a day."

Now, however, Lombardo's is set to get even busier, following the introduction of a brand new wine bar featuring a greatly expanded wine selection.

"We're expanding our bar section of the business to a full wine bar with 150-plus wines going from our house wines all the way to some really expensive bottles," Lombardo said. "We had about 40 kinds before, and we do a lot in wine. We sell tons and tons here in the restaurant."

Lombardo said customers will be able to buy by the glass or bottle, and several dozen of the wines will be available for tasting prior to making a selection. Additionally, the restaurant has begun offering Mediterranean cold cuts and imported cheeses to enjoy alongside the wine in lieu of a full meal, with staff trained to offer the most palatable food and beverage pairings.

"It'll be kind of like salamis, capicola, mortadella," Lombardo said. "We have a lot of bruschetta we serve six different ways, too."

In addition to the wine bar, Lombardo's is also introducing a line of fresh-fruit margaritas, featuring flavors ranging from the traditional lime and strawberry to the more esoteric mango, banana and kiwi.

"It'll be any kind of fruit we can get, though a lot of it might have to be in season," Lombardo said. "I just think it's something different for Kingman, just like this whole restaurant."

Lombardo's is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. It is located in the Tuscany Village development at the northeast corner of Eastern Street and Southern Avenue, just north of Hualapai Elementary School. For more information, or to schedule a reservation, call (928) 753-4100.