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Sip a wine, specialty drink during Fiero happy hour

Silly us, we mistook Fíero to mean “fire.” Our high school Spanish teacher is no doubt turning in his grave.

Loosely translated as “fierce or wild,” we offer a compromise. When the “fierce and wild” winds begin to blow, we recommend heading to Fíero to pretend that Buffalo is a balmy Mediterranean country like Morocco.

Key to the Fíero experience is the fabulous stone fireplace and tiled brick oven. While adding to the chic atmosphere, both will undoubtedly provide welcome warmth for those seated along the sleek granite bar.

The front window is filled with hot weather plants like jade, cactus and succulents and exotic guitar music plays in the background. If only Antonio Banderas with his “Puss In Boots” voice tended bar.

Patrons hang out at the bar at Fiero.  (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Patrons hang out at the bar at Fiero. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

[See Sharon Cantillon's gallery from Fiero]

As one would imagine, a Mediterranean restaurant like Fíero offers a large selection of wines by the glass and bottle. But there are also specialty drinks; plenty of them range between $8 and $9. Sip a Salvador Dali made with Tanqueray gin, honey, simple syrup and lemon, or a Moroccan Ruby made with Absolut Ruby Red, grapefruit and cranberry.

Bottled beers include the usual suspects along with a Flower Power IPA from the Ithaca Beer Company. Taps are limited to five, with seasonal choices from Sam Adams and Great Lakes Brewing, along with Flying Bison Rusty Chain, Big Ditch IPA and Stella Artois.

Fiero bartender Tim Wilson pours a pinot grigio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Fiero bartender Tim Wilson pours a pinot grigio. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Food is where the bar excels, as the Mediterranean slant makes it extra special. Brick-oven pizzas provide excellent combinations like the Napoli ($12) made with red wine-braised pork, Calabrian chiles and olive oil. Or the wild mushroom ($12) topped with Fontina cheese, arugula and truffle oil. About 10 inches, one pizza works nicely for two.

Appetizers are perfect for picking, like an olive platter ($10), assorted croquettes ($12), crab orange chive beignet with a sherry pea sauce ($13) or artichoke Francese ($9).

Fiero's Campania pizza.  (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Fiero's Campania pizza. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

One item we recommend is the Bastilla ($10), a take on Morocco’s famous chicken pie. Named best appetizer at the Taste of Williamsville in 2015, the crispy phyllo triangles feature spiced chicken, onions, raisins and pine nuts, served with green tomato cumin sauce. The perfect combination of sweet and savory with the slightly tart, spiced sauce.

With no immediate plans to jet off to Spain or Greece, we’ll settle for a lovely night out at Fíero, sipping wine as we practice rolling our “r’s.”

HAPPY HOUR

Fíero Mediterranean Fusion

Where: 408 Evans St. (Evanstown Plaza), Williamsville (631-4090)

Hours: Open daily at 11 a.m. Closed Mondays.

Happy Hour: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Half-off house wine, well cocktails, select martinis and draft beer.

Scene: Chic setting despite plaza location.

Yum: Bastilla

Extra: Backgammon in front of the fireplace.

Accessible: Yes

Fiero at 408 Evans St. in Williamsville has happy hour specials on food and drink.  (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Fiero at 408 Evans St. in Williamsville has happy hour specials on food and drink. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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