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Mercato pasta and pizza restaurant opening in Olean

Olean is getting a quick-serve pizza and pasta restaurant from the people behind Buffalo's Osteria 166 and Ellicottville's Villagio.

At Mercato, customers pick a pasta and a sauce and their dish is made to order. The first opened last year in EXPO, the downtown Buffalo food hall.

In Olean, owner Nick Pitillo hopes to have the 30-seat restaurant open at 213 N. Union St. by the end of August.

The counter service restaurant will also make pizza to order and sell slices. Other offerings will include grain bowls, a salad bar and a Mediterranean food bar, Pitillo said. Beer and wine will be available.

"Mercato means market, so we're going to have a little market retail piece, with local honey, and some fresh vegetables," he said, "a grab-and-go kind of thing to tap into the local farmers and make sure they get some representation."

Pitillo said he is also considering the possibility of several more locations for Mercato in the Southtowns and is preparing to open one in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

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