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Ricotta's Pizza Niagara brings chicken souvlaki to Niagara Street

On May 19, Ricotta's Pizza Niagara started offering its pizza, wings and open-faced chicken souvlaki on Niagara Street.

Mayor Byron Brown and State Sen. Tim Kennedy stopped by the shop, 349 Niagara St., for a ribbon-cutting.

Most of the food is Italian and American – including antipasti and steak hoagies – but owner Mike Khoury, who's Lebanese, is proud of a Mediterranean touch.

"We make our own Greek dressing for the souvlakis, and the chicken is always fresh," he said. "It’s a big hit."

Khoury was formerly a partner, along with brothers Sam and Samir Khoury, in Ricota's Pizza, 206 Elk St., a pizzeria whose name is not misspelled, even though the Italian cheese is spelled ricotta.

When his father originally bought the Elk Street pizzeria in 1988, dropping one letter from the name was part of the deal, Mike Khoury explained.

"Since I opened this place up for my wife and I and my children, I decided to do something a little different," he said, and returned the missing letter.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Phone: 768-8966.

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