There's lots of amped-up Italian-American favorites at Casa Antica in Lewiston, reviewed in yesterday's Buffalo News. But the entree that won my heart was the osso buco, above, with its tender meat, firm-grained risotto and a splayed helping of asparagus.
Three kinds of relish and three kinds of bread start off your meal before you even get the food you paid for. The green garlic olive paste in addictively pungent:
Western New York is crazy about stuffed peppers, usually the Hungarian yellow variety, filled with a multi-cheese mixture and baked till oozing.
At Casa Antica, the peppers, have mostly salami inside, and a smidge of cheese, then a coat of cheese sauce. Pictured below, they're some of the most enjoyable I've had, and are worth a look, especially on Tuesday through Thursday, what certain antipasti are $6, half the regular price.
The arancini are also worth mentioning, both the spheres and cone-shaped, crisp-shelled ones:
The fried ravioli had their fans too:
The scallop risotto was lush and rich:
The chicken Sorrentino was a sight to behold:
The tiramisu was light and flavorful, but the cannoli's fresh, crunchy shell won my heart: