Raphael’s has survived a rough introduction to Southtowns winter after opening in December. Owner Ralph Galluzzi brought life back to a Town of Boston building last operated as a pizzeria in 2008.
Raphael's, 8936 Boston State Road, offers Italian family dining in the purest sense. Galluzzi said the recipes for the sauces, pastas and more specialties come from family recipes.
The lasagna is built from housemade pasta sheets. It is two and a half pounds, and costs $15.95, Galluzzi said. “People have been telling me it’s the biggest in Buffalo,” he said. “Most people can’t even finish it.” Galluzzi makes his own fettucine and linguine, sausage and meatballs.
“It’s real Italian, old-time recipes that I’ve had handed down three generations, from my mother’s mother, to my mother, to me.”
“I’ve always been a cook at home,” Galluzzi said. “They say the restaurant business is tough, but every business is tough if you’re in New York State.”
(Hat tip: Dan Meyer)
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