New deli and restaurant honors burn victim's fight to live

November 20, 2017 06:28 PM

COLONIE - Everything that's cooking inside the crowded restaurant kitchen in Colonie has been on the back burner for the Rescinti family for quite some time. The circumstances that convinced them to quit their jobs and open Niko's Deli was a tragic automobile accident in October 2016, when their nephew, Niko Dinovo was badly injured.

"our family has been through a lot the last year," says Dvina Rescinti, Niko's aunt, "He has given us strength beyond belief. We watch him struggle every single day, fight to live every single day."

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Before Niko's opened its door for the first time, family members checked in with the business' namesake, still recovering in a Westchester County burn unit.

"My aunt (Niko's mother) called when they were doing PT," Marcus Rescinti, Niko's cousin begins, "He was working so hard. It was ironic that today was the grand opening. He knows that and he was working extra hard because he wants to be here."

Davina Rescinti says the restaurant opening serves the dual purpose of showing gratitude and appreciation to the community that has held numerous fundraisers for Niko.

"This is a way we can give back to them," Davina says, "They have given so much to us and stood behind us united."

"I can't wait for the day he gets out of the hospital and we're there," Marcus adds, "We'll probably close for the day when he gets out and we'll bring him right here and that will probably be one of the best days of my life."

Incidentally, the signature dish at Niko's is a toasted sandwich made with imported Italian meats, with mozzarella and provolone cheese, with a side of spaghetti sauce.

It's called "The Champ," -- named after Niko.


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