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).
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