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In all our years of cheap eating in this area, we’d never been to Crittenden (a hamlet in Alden), and as it turns out, we had missed out. Gregario’s Pizzeria and The Gator Pub are in a big, old, dark-green building at the corner of Genesee Street and Crittenden Road. Not only is it just 11 miles east of the corner of Transit and Genesee, but the road takes you through some…

In all our years of cheap eating in this area, we’d never been to Crittenden (a hamlet in Alden), and as it turns out, we had missed out. Gregario’s Pizzeria and The Gator Pub are in a big, old, dark-green building at the corner of Genesee Street and Crittenden Road. Not only is it just 11 miles east of the corner of Transit and Genesee, but the road takes you through some…

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