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Buffalonians are a loyal lot, especially to pizzerias. We’d like to add Lovejoy Pizza to the list of iconic joints that includes Bocce, La Nova, Imperial and Blasdell. The original location on Lovejoy Street is in the heart of Buffalo’s Iron Island. In October 2012, a second location opened near the Medical Campus. Little did I know when I moved into Sloan with the Signi…

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“The Italians really knew what they were doing, combining all the major food groups into something we can eat without a fork.” - Jim Gaffigan Friends, Western New Yorkers, epicureans, lend me your ears, for I am about to tell a tale of three pizzas. Born after the peak of the Italian empire in Niagara Falls, I was privy to their former spoils in the guise of three epic pi…

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Lucia’s on the Lake is expanding its successful Hamburg site, including building a two-level patio with views of Lake Erie.The patio will include “unobstructed rooftop views of the lake on top, and a covered patio below,” said Angelo Canna Jr., who owns Lucia’s with Jay Pasquarella.The construction, which Lucia’s owners hope to finish by Christmas, aims to increase capacit…

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Imperial Pizza, a popular takeout eatery in South Buffalo for 23 years, is going for a bigger piece of the pie.Owners David Powers and James Bouris recently announced plans to add a sit-down restaurant. They are working with architect Dave Sutton, who is associated with a number of high-profile local projects, including the New York Beer Project on South Transit Road and t…

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Operators trying to put a Casa di Pizza downtown bought a building on East Mohawk Street last week. “The project is moving forward,” said Jeff Jacobbi, an owner. “We plan on going JJ’s Casa di Pizza there, with bar, dining room, takeout and delivery, with a courtyard facing the Washington Street side.” The address will be 11 E. Mohawk St., he said. “We’re in the midst of…