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The home of the giant meatball is introducing a new plus-sized appetizer to the Buffalo area: a pizza-sized chicken Parm. Lackawanna red-sauce destination Mulberry Italian Ristorante has retooled its menu – and its kitchen – to add an expanded array of housemade pasta specialties. A round little ravioli called occhi has made the menu, served cacio e’ pepe, in a chees…

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If you haven’t been to Imperial Pizza on Abbott Road in South Buffalo in a while, you may find yourself doing a double take while passing by. “Didn’t that place used to be a little shack?” You might think to yourself. “Wasn’t there barely enough room for the counter, and maybe a picnic table or two outside?” That was then. Imperial has undergone an extensive renovation …

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Never count out an underdog. With big-name pizzerias such as Bocce and Picasso's vying for the title of best cheese-and-pepperoni slice in the city at SexySlices' People's Championship, it was a small family-owned shop in Cheektowaga that reigned supreme even though it was one of the last invited. Macy's Place Pizzeria, at 3348 Genesee St., won first place at the Hyd…

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Barely anyone knows the true identity of Sexy Slices, the Buffalo pizza reviewer who approaches 7,000 followers on Instagram. After eating and reviewing 104 pizzas across Western New York over the last four years, the anonymous-yet-voracious eater has narrowed down his personal favorites - so far. But now, he requests your help. The culmination of the critic's pizza …

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Last weekend was a feeling-out period for Chandler Street, a burgeoning food-and-drink district thanks to the foresight and finances of developer Rocco Termini. Curious about the openings of Tappo Pizza and the second location of Thin Man Brewery at 166 Chandler St., Buffalonians navigated the previously quiet industrial street that veers east from Military Road, findin…

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William Cleary was walking his dog on his residential Eggertsville block when he smelled fire. Down the street, he found neighbor Douglas Levere in his snowy yard, huddled over a tabletop metal box emitting billows of smoke. “I’m making pizza,” Levere explained. “In November? In the snow and cold?” Cleary remembers thinking. “He must be an idiot.” Then Cleary saw …

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The long-awaited sister restaurant of The Irishman Pub & Eatery is now open in the heart of East Aurora. This newest rendition by the same name holds much of the Gaelic spirit of its Williamsville counterpart, though its bolstered menu, sleek aesthetic, and contemporary features lend it a character that’s a step outside the traditional tavern. Sporting exposed br…

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If you follow any of The Buffalo Zoo's social media accounts, you've seen polar bear Luna enjoying her climate. She romps about her quarters, bounding and sliding through fresh snow, seemingly the most gleeful of animals (and humans) during the Buffalo winter (clearly she's never sat in traffic by the blue water tower). The unbridled joy of a polar bear is at your finge…

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Where is Domino's 16,000th store in the world? Cheektowaga. Domino's will celebrate the occasion at the store, at Union Road and Maryvale Drive, with a grand opening at 11 a.m. March 4. The event will include a visit from Domino's president and CEO Ritch Allison and franchise owner Allan Erwin. Domino's said the store will feature its "pizza theater" design, inclu…

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Thought you were caught up on all the pizza styles in Buffalo? Meet the pinsa Romana, courtesy of Daniela, the new restaurant from longtime caterer Daniela Antonella Cosmano Kayser. Eight years ago, Kayser bought 387 Forest Ave. and overhauled the building for her catering business. More recent work turned the front into an airy café space with a bar at the side. …

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Imperial Pizza has opened its new South Buffalo dining room, adding table service and alcohol to its bid to be crowned Buffalo’s ruling pizza. “We think our pizza is the best in the city, and we want everyone to come try it,” said owner David Powers. “Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.” After 26 years at 1035 Abbott Road, on Jan. 26 the restaurant started offering yo…

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Buffalo doesn't get enough credit for our many classic food pairings. Beef on weck, fried bologna and onions, and a fish fry with tartar sauce are staples of area menus. Yet only one food combo has people lining up outside - the almighty pizza and wing combo. "Pizza and wings go together like coffee and doughnuts," said Hector Leonardi, owner of Leonardi's in Amherst. "…

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Does the first week of January represent the saddest week of Buffalo's year? The excitement of the holidays has abruptly ended, and the reality of at least four months of gloomy weather can dampen even the brightest of spirits. A solid event slate - especially for one of the typically slowest weeks of the year - can cure some of these Buffalo blues, although another Sab…

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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…