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Osteria 166 opening downtown with more than everyday Buffalo Italian food

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

There's a new Italian restaurant opening today in downtown Buffalo, offering several choices you don't see on every Italian menu in town.

Osteria 166 (166 Franklin St., 858-3118, is in the space that was Frankie Mohawk's, across the street from the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and the Statler.*

Its menu lists porchetta sandwiches ($9) and grilled octopus ($10) as a regular appetizer, and whole branzino baked in a salt crust as a Friday special.

There is also a lunch special sandwich of imported and house cured meats and cheeses on a giant sub roll. The wrinkle: it's sold at $3 an inch, two inch minimum, with truffle parmesan kettle chips.

The place opens at 11 a.m. today, will serve dinners until 10 p.m., and has a full liquor license. Kendra Pitillo said her husband Nick is the owner, an Ellicottville fellow who worked in dining at the Seneca casinos. Chef Jeff Cooke has casino kitchen experience as well, she said.

In a refreshing departure, Osteria 166 is opening its doors with a functioning website, listing its menu, already in existence. 

* correction: an earlier version said Hyatt




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