Author Archives: Tom Przybylak

Don’t Miss ‘Food is Art’ at Aro Bar de Tapas

Aro Bar de Tapas in Williamsville is hosting another “Food is Art” special menu on March 29th from 5-8 PM, and you should call to reserve a spot. Part I: The Review of Food is Art I had the opportunity to attend the last “Food is Art’ event at Aro Bar de Tapas, and have had…

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How To Enjoy Local Restaurant Week and Not Be A Jerk – (Updated for 2017)

Written by -Tom Przybylak ————————— Restaurant Week was originally designed as an opportunity for diners to try some new dishes and establishments at discounted prices, while restaurants (hopefully) win some new patrons during what is often considered the slowest time of the year. If you are the type of person who likes to go downtown for…

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Wigilia – A Polish Christmas Eve in Buffalo

By Tom Przybylak (Post submitted entirely unedited and not proofread. I have Mushroom Soup to make…) Tonight starts the tradition of Wigilia, or “Vigil” for thousands of western NY Polish Families. The tradition of Wigilia carries over from Poland, where a meatless meal based primarily on seafood and starches is served on Christmas Eve. While…

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Total Sausagefest at Barrel + Brine

I had the opportunity to head down to Barrel and Brine this past Sunday to get in on the big sausage party pop up hosted by Pickle Proprietors RJ & Lindsey Marvin, featuring guest Chef Anthony Petrilli of the soon to be opened Grange Community Kitchen. It was a gorgeous and sunny Sunday, and I…

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Quick Bite: Londa’s Diner

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I love a good diner. Nothing fancy – just hot coffee, well cooked  breakfast fare, in a clean place with excellent service. I’ll probably be writing a lot about diners and such in the future because I tend to frequent them often. I discovered this hidden…

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First Bite: Villaggio

Our most recent meal was a quick run down the 219 to check out Ellicottville’s newest restaurant, Villaggio. The latest project from the Pitillo family and Chef Jeff Cooke of Buffalo’s Osteria 166, Villaggio hopes to replicate the success of Osteria by providing delicious and comforting Italian fare in a warm and inviting setting. The Villaggio team…

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Quick Bite: Pig Tail at The Black Sheep

As I may have mentioned, sometimes during Restaurant Week, I take the road less traveled. Avoiding the crowds and the limited menus, I like to revisit some of our favorite restaurants and hang out a bit, relax, and get into the food. From the Bistro Europa days to the current Black Sheep, I’ve had a…

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First Bite: Hero Certified Burgers

Like many Western New Yorkers that find themselves stuck at the light at Bidwell and Elmwood, I have been watching the slow unfolding of Hero Certified Burgers. Housed in the former home of Zetti’s Pizza, the windows have been mysteriously wrapped up like Willy Wonka’s Factory in Hero Burger branded paper for several months. I like…

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