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Owners of a Medina Mexican restaurant are expecting to offer Oaxacan specialties along with more familiar fare when they take over the former Trattoria Aroma on North French Road in Amherst. Leonel Rosario started his cooking career in a taco trailer next to the Monte Alban Mexican grocery in Medina. Eight years ago, he opened Mariachi de Oro nearby. If all goes as p…

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One member of the Aroma restaurant family has ceased operations. Trattoria Aroma North French, at 4840 N. French Road in East Amherst, concluded service on May 26. The closing was planned; partner Dave Cosentino said he's already sold to a buyer who expects to open an authentic Mexican restaurant later this summer. "It is time to tighten up, get smaller and focus …

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Fresh pasta is a daunting task for restaurants, requiring significant investments. Sometimes it requires expensive equipment, but it always demands cooks skilled in forming its shapes and cooking them in the narrow time window fresh pasta allows. Here’s to places that make housemade pasta a priority. 1) Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave., 879-4291 Pasta dish: Tonarel…

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We love the idea of a Valentine’s brunch outing (and no, not the eat-all-you-can-buffet-style). An early time of day, great food, reasonable prices and mimosas — what’s not to love? It’s also a great way to try out a restaurant without plunking down big bucks or fighting to find night parking. Brunch is served from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo Proper (333 Frankli…

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The seasonal produce of Western New York is our reward for surviving winter. I eat my first lush tomato still warm from the sun, and somewhere the last pile of dirty parking lot snow melts away. Mowing down a cob of festival corn, the flavor makes it easy to remember it was grown in Eden. When I stand over the sink with my second Niagara County peach of the day, Western Ne…

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Daniels is holding a wine dinner on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 of five courses and dessert for $95 plus tax and tip. Courses include smoked trout (potato latke, quail egg, dill, caviar crème fraiche) paired with Torres Sangre De Toro Garnacha, and roasted pheasant breast (mushroom pave, pomegranate glaze) paired with Row Eleven Vinas 3 Pinot Noir. (Chef Scott Donhauser's luxe b…

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Trattoria Aroma North French, the third outpost of Dave Cosentino’s homage to northern Italian cuisine, is in a building so new that the sidewalks are still shiny. Inside, a two-story space has been hemmed in century-old wood, with reclaimed hand-hewn beams crossing overhead, and walls paneled in barn planks. Cosentino continues his efforts to serve food raised within an …

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When I was a Catholic-school kid, we used to sing a song called "Pane de Vida," which roughly means "bread of life." Picture about 100 white, Orchard Park kids singing in Spanish, and you've got my internal soundtrack as I wrote about Trattoria Aroma's "Granavida." The bar at Trattoria Aroma, located on Bryant Street a block off Elmwood Avenue, is eye-adjusting dim. It's …