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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all of the choices for inexpensive Italian eats in Buffalo. If you have an old phone book lying around, pick it up and flip through the hundreds of local choices from Amici to Zetti's. My mother’s a wonderful Italian cook, which makes it even harder. Yet nestled in the middle of those alphabetical listing is one of my local favorites, …

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It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all of the choices for inexpensive Italian eats in Buffalo. If you have an old phone book lying around, pick it up and flip through the hundreds of local choices from Amici to Zetti's. My mother’s a wonderful Italian cook, which makes it even harder. Yet nestled in the middle of those alphabetical listing is one of my local favorites, …

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Chefs at Sinatra’s Restaurant in about a year could be dishing up their lasagna, ravioli and meatballs in a new, bigger building on Kenmore Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, directly across from the current location on the Buffalo side. Developer Nick Sinatra on Monday night unveiled his plans for a mixed-use building anchored by the restaurant opened by his father, John…

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Displaced by the sale of its Northtown Plaza site, My Tomato Pie is opening its new family restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard. My Tomato Pie, founded in the Sheridan Drive plaza nearly 18 years ago, had its last day of business there Jan. 3. It will welcome fans with a grand opening Jan. 7 at 3035 Niagara Falls Blvd., in the Tops Plaza, a former Buffalo Wild Wings loca…

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A restaurant’s people are as important as its products. The face that greets you when you come in out of the cold and the hands that prepare your meal shape your experience more powerfully than its physical manifestations: the walls, the furniture, the plates. Over decades of steady performance, furniture and plates become worn. They break. So do people, except they are …

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Three and a half years ago, I was appointed restaurant critic of The Buffalo News. Some 200 restaurant reviews later, my view of my job has expanded a smidge. My core mission is still giving readers actionable intelligence on where to spend their dining dollars. Put another way, it’s my job to find and proclaim the best in Western New York’s eating life. “The best…

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Soho Burger Bar owner Jay Manno is committed to making the Chippewa District a desirable destination for adults of all ages, refuting the perception of the nightlife strip as a place just for teenagers and rabble-rousers. The next step after rebranding Soho from nightclub-specific to a more versatile restaurant-bar, then, was opening Frankie Primo's +39, an Italian restau…

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The owners of Tina’s Italian Kitchen will close their restaurant in December, ending 34 years of service to the Village of Hamburg. Tom and Christine DeNisco are retiring. Before they do, they’re inviting customers back to 22 Main St. for another plate of pasta broccoli, chicken Christina or pasta fasoola, they announced. The Italian-American eatery opened in 1981 wi…

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In his cookbook Les Halles, Anthony Bourdain writes: "You want to make a Frenchman cry? Make him a nice bowl of pot-au-feu. This is soul food for socialists." Being of Italian-American descent, while I enjoy a nice bowl of pot-au-feu, it has yet to bring any tears to my eyes. You want to make an Italian-American cry? Make him a nice braciole. Braciole is a specific type o…

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Bambino Bar & Kitchen, the Italian restaurant at 297 Franklin St., has closed its doors.The restaurant’s Facebook page expressed gratitude to customers for over five years of business at the Theater District location.“Make sure you keep an eye on the Facebook page for possibly a new location or try our sister restaurant on Hertel Ave., BOSS, Buffalo’s Original Steak …

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Ellicottville will get a casual Italian restaurant from seasoned operators when Villaggio has its planned opening Thursday. The 150-seat restaurant from Nick Pitillo and Jeff Cooke Jr. is located at 7 Monroe St., Ellicottville. Formerly The Barn, Villaggio is twice the size of Osteria 166, their original restaurant at 166 Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo. The Villaggio…

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La Hacienda existed long before Aldo Evangelista came to Niagara Falls. Now he’s looking for an owner to keep the iconic Italian eatery open without him. After more than 40 years working in the pizza and pasta business at 3019 Pine Ave. in the Cataract City, Evangelista is looking to retire. He’s hoping to sell everything—the building, the recipes, and the eatery’…

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A taste for fried mozzarella sticks has left me vulnerable to years of appetizer abuse. I saw too many pale, chewy sticks whose journey from factory to plate was interrupted only by a burst of microwave radiation. I had started to wonder what I ever saw in them in the first place. At Orazio’s, my faith was rewarded, with slabs the size of Snickers bars, clad in crunchy g…

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*Excerpts from Andrew Galarneau's 10-plate review of Ristorante Lombardo: "From beginning to end, this was my most memorable Italian meal in Buffalo, a meal without a significant misstep. Is Ristorante Lombardo the best Italian restaurant in town? Having not dined at all the contenders, I can’t say. Have I seen a better one? No." *Read his full review *See Ristorant…

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The three most important things about real estate are supposed to be location, location, location, right? Then I arrived at Linguine’s, in Bowmansville, to find a space wedged into a gas-station-dominated plaza that should be impossible for the survival of a successful upscale casual Italian restaurant. Yet Linguine’s has not only persisted there since 1998, it has thr…