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Life for Hertel Avenue eaters is going to get more complicated on June 21, when Pastry by Camille starts presenting its French sweets, bread and comfort food. Should they choose the buckwheat crepes with ham, egg and Gruyere cheese, French style, or the version filled with sausage from Cheektowaga? Will the chocolate-topped éclair suffice for dessert, or must they obtai…

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I'm old enough to remember when pizza was an Italian thing. Or more precisely an Italian-American thing. The delicately blistered pies of Naples would never be mistaken for Buffalo-style pizza, whose most prized qualities are a thick quilt of cheese on a mattress of dough, slices equipped with stout handles to make them easier to lug. But now some of the best New York C…

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Dark Star Orchestra 7 p.m. in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Tickets are $30 in advance here or $34 at the door. The musicians who make up Dark Star Orchestra not only re-create the live Grateful Dead experience -- they take it a step further. They follow historic set lists, and they invent their own. Most importantly they capture that elusive, free-spirited Grateful De…

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Order Here by Pi Craft Pizza Cuisine: Hand-crafted pizzas with traditional and gourmet toppings. Owner: Pi Craft Pizza Price range: $3.75-$6 Established: 2018 Dishes to try: Rotating selection of specialty pizzas; side of meatballs; dessert pizza (cinnamon, sugar and Nutella); prices vary according to event. Brick and mortar location: 1750 Niagara Falls Blv…

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Just Pizza Cuisine: Buffalo-style pizza in more than 75 varieties. Owner: Just Pizza Inc., Rudy Alloy Jr. Price range: $1-$6.50 Established: 2015 Dishes to try: Pizza by the slice, $3; specialty slice, $3.50. Brick and mortar locations: Nine locations including 300 Elmwood Ave. Social media: Facebook, Twitter *Related: - Just Pizza Food Truck joins f…

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Pizza Amore The Wood Fire Way Cuisine: Wood-fired pizza with a wide variety of toppings. Owner: David and Diana Perri Price range: $8-$11 Established: 2011 Dishes to try: Personal-sized prosciutto and arugula pizza, $11; chicken wing pizza, $10; homemade cannoli, $4. Brick and mortar location: 2024 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Social media: Facebook…

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Artisan pizza washed down with a craft beer or a strip steak paired with a fine wine - take your pick at O.P. Social Tap & Grille, which opened in Orchard Park at the end of 2015. The local establishment, at the site of the former David’s Grille, is owned by David Hart of Hart Hotels and Peter Krog of Krog Corp. General manager Mark C. Strzyz says it’s his goal to p…

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Mezza is no more, as Nine29 moves its textbook continental menu into the former Middle Eastern restaurant at its namesake location of 929 Elmwood Avenue. Open seven days a week, the late-night kitchen has left the ethnic fare behind in favor of done-up but affordable bar staples with surprising housemade touches. Like its sister restaurant Hearth & Press, Nine29 …

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The former Elmwood Village Lebanese restaurant called Mezza has become Nine29, pivoting to American fare like cheeseburgers, subs and wings. The restaurant, 929 Elmwood Ave., is run by brothers Peter and Johnathan Eid, who are also proprietors of the Theater District's Hearth + Press. Both restaurants feature brick oven pizza, appearing on Nine29's menu in cheese, pe…

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With nearly 30 different flavors of hand-stretch, brick-oven New York style pizza, visitors to Zetti’s will have difficulty picking just one. A popular spot for take-out, Zetti's also has a small dining area. Options range from a classic cheese slice ($2.80) to a variety of specialty slices available daily ($3.92) like the Hawaiian Pizza loaded with melted cheese, salty…

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University at Buffalo student Kyle Hughes received Internet notoriety earlier this season after hitting a half-court shot to win ... 12 medium pizzas. SportsCenter played the clip on repeat that night. So how did Hughes respond to UB's big upset of Arizona in the NCAA Tournament? In the most Buffalo way possible: by going through a folding table, of course. Here's th…

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1) Shamrock Run, 9 a.m. day-of registration, tentative noon start time March 3 at Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). Late registration fee is $40 and may be purchased online here and picked up at the OFW by EOB Friday. Commentary: The 40th anniversary of the pre-St. Patrick's Day race is a 5-mile jaunt through the Old First Ward, with runners donning a r…

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An iconic Buffalo pizza is coming back to the city of its birth. Started in Buffalo after World War II, Bocce Club hasn't sold a pie in the city since Rudy Sacco, operator of the Clinton Street location, died in 2011. That should change this year. The Bocce Club pizzeria that served the city from the corner of Clinton and Adams for half a century is being reopened…

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Buy a Bocce Club pizza on Pizza Day, Feb. 9, and help feed hungry Western New Yorkers. Bocce Club owner Jim Pacciotti said Pizza Day should also be a day to remember that that according to the Food Bank of WNY, about one in eight Western New Yorkers go hungry. Pacciotti said that to raise money and awareness, his company will give the food bank 20 percent of the day'…

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We love when a Cheap Eats and a Bar Scene collide, as is the case of Leo’s Pizzeria, set on the fringes of West Seneca and Orchard Park on Southwestern Boulevard. While the area is overflowing with pizzerias, we like joints that offer sit-down dining and a sports bar feel. (We grow tired of eating pizza on paper plates at our boring kitchen table). The story of Leo’s…