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An Albanian New York-style pizza specialist has started serving up slices, stromboli and more from his renovated University Plaza restaurant. Afrim Rexhepi has opened Gino's NY Pizza at 3500 Main St., Amherst, across Main Street from the University at Buffalo. Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads and tacos are also on the menu. Since arriving from Kosovo in 1999, Rexhepi…

Falley Allen opened on March 24, and by March 26 the new restaurant was so full of boisterous people it gave Cantina Loco a run for the title of Allentown's Loudest Restaurant. Once the North Carolina versus Kentucky NCAA basketball game ended with one last Tar Heel jumper, the crowd thinned and the sound level dropped to tolerable levels. The folks drawn to 204 All…

Toutant owners Connie and James Roberts are opening a second restaurant featuring American and Pacific seafood, Asian street food and ramen noodle soup. The restaurant, called Dobutsu, will be part of the 500 Seneca project. The first-floor space will offer 80 seats and 20 more at a sit-down food bar. A patio should seat 20 more. If all goes well, it should open in J…

A Mexican cook is opening a Genesee Street taqueria with the goal of bringing authentic Mexican flavors to Cheektowaga. Jorge Anguiano, who worked at Niagara Falls' La Galera restaurant for 10 years, said he wanted something more in his own place. "I want to do something really authentic, like a small hole-in-the-wall kind of place you would find in California or Mexico…

Thanks to a sustained burst of enthusiasm and investment, Buffalo is a better town to eat in today than it was a decade ago. The breadth and depth of the city's collective menu, the finesse applied to everything from french fries to foie gras, makes this a golden age of eating. But dining? Not necessarily. Dining well requires the complete package: effective service and…

Three young Buffalo culinarians will offer the fourth edition of their pop-up dinner series on April 3. Manuel Ocasio cooks at The Black Sheep, and David Roque cooks at Marble + Rye. They have been collaborating with Frederick Polone, a sommelier-in-training who works at Tommyrotter Distillery, in a project dubbed The Crucible. In the pop-up style, they have offered car…

Falley Allen, a restaurant named after Allentown namesake Lewis Falley Allen, opens tonight. The 50-seat restaurant at 204 Allen St. was built into spaces formerly occupied by La Tee Da and Rust Belt Books. The menu from veteran chef Chris Daigler mixes standard casual fare like burgers ($12-13), salads ($8-10) and flatbread pizzas ($10) with larger plates (roasted h…

Newbury Salads has reopened on Elmwood Avenue, once again offering meals focused on fresh, organic ingredients free of genetically modified crops. The restaurant, 470 Elmwood Ave., is now smaller, but carries the same lineup of salads, quinoa bowls, smoothies and more, said owner Paul Tsouflidis. The operation is takeout oriented, but there are still 15 seats for di…

The biannual Local Restaurant Week runs March 20-26, and as the celebration of local eateries grows, deciding where to go becomes more difficult. Over 215 restaurants have opted to participate, offering deals for lunch, dinner or both, all connected to the $20.17 price, reflecting the year. News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau and friendly employee Ben Tsujimoto pick out f…

Pho has arrived in the Southtowns. A Vietnamese restaurant has opened in Elma, offering 13 varieties of the classic beef noodle soup of Vietnam as part of an extensive menu. Pho Cali, 5952 Seneca St., opened last month in the space that was formerly R & R BBQ. Its lengthy menu includes soups, stir-fries, noodle bowls, grilled meat dishes and more. Bun bo hue ($9…

Falley Allen, a restaurant named after Allentown namesake Lewis Falley Allen, opens tonight. The 50-seat restaurant at 204 Allen St. was built into spaces formerly occupied by La Tee Da and Rust Belt Books. The menu from veteran chef Chris Daigler mixes standard casual fare like burgers ($12-13), salads ($8-10) and flatbread pizzas ($10) with larger plates (roasted h…

For years, Western New York's toughest tables to get have included the ones at Bar Bill, the East Aurora tavern famed for wings and beef on weck. In June, the restaurant hopes to ease the logjam by opening Bar Bill Takeout, at 191 Main St., three buildings east of Bar Bill, located at 185 Main St. Located in the rear of the building that holds Aurora Brew Works, the …

If you're considering broadening your personal restaurant menu, consider Local Restaurant Week's spring season. Next week, more than 200 independently owned restaurants will try to make new fans with deals on meals for one or two diners. The spring edition of the biannual promotion runs from March 20-26. Participating restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to white-tablecl…

Restaurateur Henry Gorino has put the kitchen of his newest restaurant in familiar hands. Lennon Lewandowski will be the executive chef of JT's, the restaurant Gorino and partners plan to open next month in the mixed-use building at 905 Elmwood Ave. Lewandowski was executive chef at Oliver's for years when Gorino and partners owned the Buffalo fine-dining restaurant.…

Lucy Ethiopian, the city's first Ethiopian restaurant, has reopened in its new home in Riverside. The address is 916 Tonawanda St., but the restaurant's unmarked entrance is around the corner on Crowley Avenue, facing Riverside Park. Inside, the larger dining room will hold twice as many customers as the former spot at Grant and Amherst streets. It's a soft opening f…