A graduate of Homer High School and Syracuse University,
Chuck Masterpaul has returned to his roots and opened a restaurant named after his mother, Gilda. 
“She cooked with basic simplicity… good, honest food.”

“I call the restaurant ‘Gilda’s’, to honor Mom’s warm concern for her family, friends and guests.  She was a gentle woman; Gilda is pronounced with a soft “G”, which is fitting for her.

Chuck was the owner/operator of Noggins Restaurant in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for 27 years. 
Noggins has been described as a “Cheers” type establishment, offering a menu similar to Gilda’s.

Traveling extensively in the Napa, Sonoma and Amador wine regions of California,
Chuck takes great pride in bringing “big reds” to the Cortland area. 

“Contrary to what is advertised, Zinfandel is a spicy, rich, dark red wine that is wonderful with grilled salmon as well as with one of our hand cut, house-aged steaks.” 

From the late ‘60’s, Chuck has been an ambitious student of  wines. 
He is able to match wines with foods easily, enticing even the most discriminating palate. 

 “I love helping our customers discover new wines. 
Tasting and talking about what makes a wine great is what it’s all about.”

Gilda’s offers wine and food pairings throughout the year, with the most popular being
the Italian Christmas Eve tasting.  “My mother prepared food for days;
I remember her cleaning squid and cooking baccala and fennel soup. 
These are the memories I am sharing with our guests.”

Other wine and food pairings have been a trip through Tuscany, with wines and food from the region, unlocking the mystique of Syrah, Shiraz and Petite Sirah and vintner’s dinners.

For the inquisitive wine drinker, Chuck offers wine classes, carefully selecting wines
based on the season. “This summer, we have white wine classes – hot summer days
call for chilled whites from California, Alsace, Italy and New York.”
Chuck looks forward to having you join him at Gilda’s,
whether for a calorie conscious turkey wrap or to enjoy a creative entrée;
you will find many reasons to return to Gilda’s time and time again.