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One of Buffalo's most popular pizza places may add a brewery to its operation. The owners of Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill bought a former Doodle Bugs daycare center at 7790 Transit Road, next door to one of the two existing locations for the restaurant. Acting through Santora's Phase II LLC, they paid $700,000 to Albert Bluemle's One Fusion LLC, which has owned it si…

Oct. 7, 1933 – June 14, 2017 Joe Martucci grew up in a pioneering Buffalo pizza family, but his ambitions were elsewhere. He studied aeronautical mechanics at Burgard Vocational High School and was a standout athlete in three sports – football, basketball and baseball. He taught himself how to pitch and had such mastery on the mound that he set records in MUNY…

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1) Snapcase, 7 p.m. Feb. 26 in Town Ballroom (681 S. Main St.). Tickets cost $24 in advance or $28 day-of. Commentary: Whenever Snapcase announces a show, social media has a minor freak-out. The hardcore punk band hailing from Buffalo hasn't released new music since 2003 and performs so infrequently that practically every show is a reunion. So, tonight's 25th anniversary…

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Love is in the air, and soon to be in the ovens of Just Pizza locations around Western New York. While some people give chocolate hearts, we cannot see why adding a heart-shaped pizza shouldn't be in the mix. For 20 years, Just Pizza has been making special heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day. This year, Valentine’s falls on a Sunday. The pizzeria will be busy sellin…

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Sometimes, despite our efforts, Mondays live up to their negative stereotypes. On one recent occasion, after a long day and an equally busy evening, making dinner was a very unappetizing prospect. A far better idea? Ordering from LT’s Olde Tyme Pizza and Subs in West Seneca. LT’s has two locations (the other is on Main Street in Clarence, in Dash’s Market). The West Senec…

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First, gentle readers, I have a confession to make. In this age of gluten-free, low-carb diets, I am a breadaholic. I love it in a basket, cradling sandwich fillings, acting as a platform for pizza toppings, whatever. The day I discovered Pizza Plant even puts its salads in a bread bowl, was love at first bite. Fellow carb-lovers, rejoice: The new Pizza Plant at Canalside…

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Pizza Plant’s downtown location opens Monday for dinner. At 5 p.m., “we should be up and running,” said owner Bob Syracuse. “But it’s opening a restaurant, so we’ll see how it goes.” The 140-seat restaurant is located on the northwest corner of the One Canalside building on Washington Street, also home to a Courtyard Marriott hotel and the Phillips Lytle law firm. The T…

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Residents and frequent visitors to the Village of Hamburg will note that Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizza has taken over the space formerly occupied by O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Meats & Smokehouse — a gourmet food store-cum-restaurant — and more recently August Bistro. Perhaps the third time is the charm.Owner Jimmy Butera of the nearby Jimmie’s Pizza closed his longtime locat…

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If the idea of putting together the words pizza and buffet sounds like your idea of food heaven, a trip to the Toni Pepperoni buffet in West Seneca should be on your agenda.Located in a strip plaza (conveniently next to a store selling exercise equipment if you feel the need after filling up), this Toni Pepperoni is the second pizza buffet owned by the Reese family – and a…

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Imperial Pizza, a popular takeout eatery in South Buffalo for 23 years, is going for a bigger piece of the pie.Owners David Powers and James Bouris recently announced plans to add a sit-down restaurant. They are working with architect Dave Sutton, who is associated with a number of high-profile local projects, including the New York Beer Project on South Transit Road and t…

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When owners Beth James and Melony Hyzy were planning their café/specialty food shop Salt, the best advice they received was to create an atmosphere in which they would like to live. With that advice, their spot at 2182 Kensington Ave. in Snyder was designed using warm-toned colors, wide plank wooden floors and bucolic furniture pieces. Antiqued chandeliers hang over a ru…

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Ever wish you could enjoy fair food long after the fair? Well, now you can, at least at Pizza Amore in Grand Island, which has added the pizza cone to its offerings. “We did them at the fair this year, but deep fried them," co-owner Diana Perri says. "We bake them at the restaurant. We've made cheese, pepperoni and chicken wing but we can do just about anything. They are…

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Pizza Plant will start hiring staff for its new downtown location next week. The restaurant at One Canalside, which faces the light rail tracks along the former Main Street, will need a crew of about 40, said owner Bob Syracuse. Interview sessions have been set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19, and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Syracuse said. At present it looks like about e…

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Just Pizza has gotten into the food truck business. The fully equipped pizza-and-wings kitchen on wheels started selling food earlier this month. The truck is “a staple” at Canalside’s Thursday and weekend concert venue, Larkinville, private and corporate events, and “will soon have a presence in Buffalo’s growing Medical Corridor,” said company vice president Mark D. Ca…

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Casa di Pizza’s 62-year run as a beacon for Elmwood Avenue pizza lovers is over. Calls to the old phone number are answered at the 11 E. Mohawk St. location downtown, where the menu is nearly identical. But the property sat the corner of Elmwood and Hodge, 477 Elmwood Ave., including a take-out window, bar and sit-down family restaurant, has been sold to developer Nick S…