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12 Days of Buffalo Christmas: Ninth Day

Here’s my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo 12 Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

•    Nine dishes of tripe from Rocco's

Your date may not be into offal, but there are gifts you give yourself, and few dishes are more satisfying to me than a hot plate of tripe in sauce from Rocco's ($9.95).

You probably knew that Rocco's Wood-Fired Pizza sold pizza, given the name, but there's tripe on the menu, too. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

You probably knew that Rocco's Wood-Fired Pizza sold pizza, given the name, but there's tripe on the menu, too. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

I can understand how tripe can be offputting, sometimes rubbery with a distinct smell. When tripe is prepared perfectly, however, it has just enough chew, and any off-putting aroma is transformed into a deeply flavorful sauce.

Rocco's red sauce and fresh basil are perfect to sop up with the grilled bread scarpetta. It may turn your date off, but if she’s a keeper, she’ll understand.

Info: Rocco's Wood-Fired Pizza, 5433 Transit Road, Amherst, 247-5272

If you really like this series, you can go back and check out the first day, second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day, sixth day, seventh day and the eighth day.

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