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Friday night in Niagara Falls was bedlam, covered in a healthy dose of sauce and cheese. At the Festival of Slice, three Falls pizzerias claimed awards among stiff competition: Joey's Pizzeria, at 8707 Buffalo Ave., won Best Cheese Slice; Grandma D's, 2500 Niagara Falls Blvd., earned Best Specialty Slice with its Stinger Ringer; and Leon's Italian Bistro, 8890 Porter Ro…

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It's full-steam ahead into the holiday season. The Buffalo area will light up this weekend through a wealth of tree lightings, holiday fundraisers and artisan markets. Here are some of the top events for this weekend. 1. Canalside holiday celebration and tree lighting, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at 44 Prime St. Free to attend, while ice skaters can receive $1 off by donating e…

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When Rick Thomas decided to get into the pizza business, he went back to his roots. All the way back to Naples, where his grandfather Felice DiPalma was a master of Neapolitan-style pizza, a “maestro pizzaiolo.” The resulting restaurant, Forno Napoli, opened Oct. 23 in Amherst, at 1280 Sweet Home Road. After training in Naples, and importing a custom-made wood-fired …

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Buffalo’s greatest culinary invention has done more than provide a satisfying riposte to anyone denigrating our fair city. The chicken wing has changed the English language. “To Buffalo” isn’t just a destination anymore – it’s a journey. It’s a verb meaning the act of transforming food with the wing power trio: cayenne hot sauce, blue cheese and chicken. Around th…

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Summer's roundup of drool-inducing food photos from Buffalo restaurants proved one thing: an easy way to halt absent-minded feed-scrolling is an image of a delicious dish. It's why the Tasty instructional videos are popular, it's why restaurants invest in professional-level photography to showcase their dishes, and it's one reason why The Garage Cafe can barely keep up …

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Bloody Mary cocktails are a perfect canvas for over-the-top decoration. A giant skewer of vegetables, thick strips of bacon and even a whole cheeseburger have topped the spicy brunch beverage in bars across the nation, but Buffalo's JJ's Casa di Pizza has added its own touch: a slice of pepperoni pizza. How Buffalo is that? Casa di Pizza general manager Micah LaMarti…

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Long before author Arthur Bovino sang the praises of Buffalo pizza, Buffalonians have known we're a little spoiled in the superb slices available to us. From cheap and cheesy to cup-and-char pepperoni to the lauded Buffalo-style crust to recent artisan options, even the pickiest of pizza eaters will be able to find something worth chomping on. National food site The Dai…

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When I worked in Niagara Falls, for about five years in the early, early 21st Century, I got used to the local citizenry shrugging at things that made people from elsewhere gawp. Everybody else might call that waterfall a wonder of the world, as it draws planeloads of people from Seoul and Mumbai, but inside the city limits it was not unusual to meet folks who hadn’t set f…

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For years we have yearned for a way to work off Cheap Eats calories simultaneously as we eat. We think we found an experience that comes pretty close. The Clarence Pizza Company sits just off the Clarence bike path where it crosses Goodrich Road, for an easy pedaling stop. (Of course you can drive there, too.) The menu includes standard pizzeria fare and more. Regula…

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For decades, Henry Gorino, Chuck Mauro and their partners have convinced city diners to row against the tide and head to the suburbs for dinner. Their arguments were named Siena, in Snyder, and 800 Maple, in Amherst just past North Forest Road. Rocco's Wood Fired Pizza, aimed at family dining, followed. The general excellence of the trio is such that expectations were h…

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Three quality shows - Band of Horses, the Spill Canvas and Rise Against - have already sold out for this week in Buffalo, especially impressive because all three concerts are indoors. Thankfully, there's still a wealth of event options to choose from Monday through Thursday. Beatles Rooftop Tribute 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 9 outside Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), in Larkin Squ…

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The server at 99 Brick Oven Bar & Grille wasn't sworn in as a witness, but her words could have been introduced as evidence in the case of the People of Western New York vs. Boring Food. Every time I ordered a Neapolitan-style pizza at the Lancaster restaurant, she asked: with fresh garlic? Yes, I repeated. Why, at a restaurant with so much Italian food, does garlic…

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When WestSide Tilth Farm wanted to get the attention of their neighbors, they fashioned a particularly Buffalonian lure: pizza. The West Side urban farm, at 246 Normal Ave., at Vermont Street, sells its produce to restaurants, through a 30-person community supported agriculture program, and at its retail farm stand. The stand is open Tuesdays, so program members can …

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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…