Food Porn: A Touch of Italy

I have to admit when looking over our restaurant list, we have a several big gaps when it comes to certain towns.  The greater Tonawanda are would be one of those gaps.  For a couple of years my Dad lived in Tonawanda but we never really ate there; we visited Mississippi Mudds occasionally but that was about it.  When he was in town this weekend and wanted to grab an early dinner I let him pick somewhere new.  We ended up at A Touch of Italy, a unique building (see above) with a classic “family style” Italian restaurant feel inside.

They offer a menu that ranges from the Buffalo Pizzeria staples (wings, subs, pizza) to simple American-Italian offerings (spaghetti, various pasta combination).  However, even with a menu that seems extremely familiar to anyone who’s lived in the Buffalo area, they served up some really good food.  After sitting down and eating, I almost instantly could see how this location would become a favorite among those who lived close by.

On a Saturday at 4pm, the inside was quiet.  Only a couple of other tables were taken; however, my Dad told us that on Friday/Saturday Nights this place can get pretty packed.

After mentioning how he can’t get a good Chicken Finger Sub outside of Buffalo, my Dad ordered, not surprisingly, a Chicken Finger sub.  I was pretty impressed with how neatly it was put together, not sloppy at all.  Otherwise it was fairly ordinary.

Alli ordered herself a small order of Spaghetti, again nothing too revolutionary.  A simple order that was certainly bigger then expected and only cost about $6.

I decided to order the Baked Cavitini which was a Zitti Parm filled with Green Peppers, Mushrooms and Onions.  For about ~$11 the plate was pretty massive and I ended up only eating about half of the dish (in fact I finished eating the second half as I started writing this post for lunch today).  Their red sauce was noticeably sweet, similar to other Italian restaurants in the area, and that sweetness combined with the green peppers and cooked onions was a really nice combination.

"Before"

"After a couple bites"

As you can see with this picture after I took some big bites out of the dish, it had a fair amount of peppers/onions/mushrooms inside.  They didn’t overwhelm it, the majority of the dish was zitti but every bite had something extra.  They also did a great job of melting the chese on top without giving it a hard crust.  They had timed the melting perfectly so that it just mixed in perfectly with the noodles and sauce.

A Touch of Italy provided us with a really good and simple meal.  Sometimes I don’t need an elaborate meal at a candle lit table in a fine dining establishment.  A low key restaurant, such as A Touch of Italy, can still provide a really good meal for a really good price with simple menu items that are just cooked right.

I wish I could say that it had something about it that stuck out from all the other places in Buffalo, but it really didn’t.  I felt “at home” while I ate there but I think its because basically every town has a little Italian place like this.  It reminded me of La Bella’s from Cheektowaga, Tina’s from Hamburg and even Chef’s from downtown.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean its a bad thing, it just means that when you are in the Tonawanda area, A Touch of Italy is a safe bet for a good Italian-American meal for a good price.

Note to anyone who visits their menu before visiting, it appears that they haven’t updated their prices in a little while.  So add an extra dollar or two for each menu item to get what they currently are asking for.

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3 thoughts on “Food Porn: A Touch of Italy

  1. YUM!!! Is it bad to crave chx fingers and spaghetti in the AM!? I blame you, and thank you!

  2. Anonymous

    Neither Mississippi Mudd’s nor A Touch of Italy are in North Tonawanda — both are in the City of Tonawanda.

    • Don Burtless

      thanks, I really don’t know the area that well so I appreciate the clarification.

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