Buffalo Foodies: Sal Capaccio

Sal Capaccio is a busy man who absolutely loves sports.  On top of hosting his radio show on WGR 550 every Saturday from 11am to 2pm, he hosts two internet shows/podcasts: NFL Now! and Buffalo Bills Now!  He also hosts “Out of Bounds” in front of a live audience on Time Warner Cable and is the play by play announcer for high school football and basketball games on Time Warner Cable Sports Net.  He made an appearance just a couple weeks ago on The Late Nick Mendola show on Audio Buffalo where you can hear more about his past and his love of Buffalo sports.

I got a hold of Sal via his very popular twitter account and asked him some non-sports related questions, here’s what he had to say about his love of the Elmwood village, John and Mary’s and Swiss Chalet (RIP)…

Right now, where are your favorite places to eat in Buffalo?

Sal: I live in the Elmwood Village, so I enjoy eating at Casa Di Pizza and Thirsty Buffalo when I want to watch a game and have some wings, pizza, or a sandwich.  Great food and atmosphere.  My wife and I also like the food and reasonable prices at Pano’s and Mythos.  But we’re always up for trying new places.  Buffalo is so unique and has so many great locally-owned restaurants….We try to support them!

No surprise I love Italian dishes.  But, of course, being from Buffalo, I always have room for pizza, wings, or beef on weck.  I enjoy Duff’s and Anchor Bar, but others, too.

Where do you like to grab a drink on the weekends?

Sal: I’m not a big drinker, but I’m often up for a good glass of red wine.  Sidebar on Hertel is a great place with great people.  I may end up there with some friends after a Sabres game.  We could wind up at Coltor Bay or Anchor Bar, too.

If you had a friend visiting from out of town, where would you take them around Buffalo?

Sal: A sporting event if one is happening….Sabres, Bills, Bisons, or a UB game.  Also, just a nice stroll through the Elmwood Village to hit the local shops there, and a walk around Delaware Park with a nice view of Buffalo outside.  Obviously, with Niagara Falls so close, we’ll take guests there, too.

We haven’t tried Rendevous at Statler City, yet, but it’s definitely in our plans and looks like a great place to take friends visiting from out of town.

What are some food memories you have from your childhood?

Sal: My mom’s and my aunt’s sauces.  Royal Subs from John and Mary’s.  Tony’s Pizza on Harlem and Cleveland – great food!  I also used to go to Swiss Chalet in Amherst when I was a kid and loved the food.  I remember a place called Roma’s on Genessee Street, I went there a lot with mom and dad.  And there used to be a place on Harlem Road across from Cheektowaga Town Park called Sugar Bear where we’d go for ice cream in the summer.

What types of cuisines/restaurants would you like to see more of in Buffalo?

Sal: Well, considering there is so much I haven’t even tried yet, I can’t say anything right now.  Buffalo has something for everyone, really.

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A big thanks to Sal for answering our questions, we highly suggest that you follow him on twitter, facebook or check out his website.  You can also hear him every Saturday morning from 11am to 2pm talking about the local sports scene on WGR 550.

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