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Perfetto (April 11) 617 Main St. (768-3728, Fine dining Italian newcomer to Theater District could use more rehearsals. 6 plates

Manakeesh and More (April 4) 1150 Hertel Ave. (348-7184). Outstanding values in Middle Eastern favorites from Palestinian family’s small bakery. 7 plates

Rizotto Ristorante (March 28) 930 Maple Road, Amherst (204-4455, Surprises and satisfaction abound at Rizzo family’s upscale establishment. 8 plates

Longhorn Steakhouse (March 21) 3494 Amelia Drive, Orchard Park (825-1378, Western-themed chain restaurant offers generous servings, value-priced meals. 6 plates

The Hollow Bistro and Brew (March 14) 10641 Main St., Clarence (759-7351, International flavors spice up menu of familiar dishes at former sweets shop. 8 plates

Polish Villa II (March 7) 1085 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga (822-4908, Family restaurant hits grand slam of appealing food, decor, service and value. 9 plates

Desperados (March 1) 29 Commerical St., Angola (549-5413, Tender pork and hearty side dishes headline at Angola’s barbecue outpost. 7 plates

Wok & Roll (Feb. 22) 5467 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (631-8880, Explore the Cantonese delights at plaza Chinese place. 7 plates

Yolo (Feb. 15) 5841 Transit Road, East Amherst (688-4479, Bistro draws crowd with promising, diverse menu. 7 plates

Serene Gardens (Feb. 8) 2800 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island (773-5323, Japanese cuisine has taken root with broad menu in garden center. 7 plates

The Lenox Grill (Feb. 1) 140 North St. (884-1700, Revamped hotel restaurant offers pub food and more until the wee hours. 6 plates

Madonna’s (Jan. 25) 62 Allen St. (768-1401). New Italian restaurant offers hearty dishes, many sized for two. 7 plates

Gertie’s (Jan. 18) 6010 Goodrich Road, Clarence Center (741-1311, Clarence Center lunch spot offers three nights of satisfying, comforting dinner options. 8 plates

Break’n Eggs Creperie (Jan. 11) 5235 Main St., Williamsville (634-3447). Focus is on quality, not quantity at detail-oriented breakfast specialist. 7 plates

Taisho Bistro (Jan. 4, 2013) 3332 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (835-8088). Expand your Japanese vocabulary with fun-sized dishes at snazzy eatery. 8 plates

– Ratings based on 10 plates. Reviews by Andrew Z. Galarneau