Birthday Dinner at Carmelo’s

It takes a good hour to drive from my home to Carmelo’s in Lewiston. Some would say that’s just too long to drive for dinner. Those individuals have no idea what they’re talking about. Carmelo’s is one of the best restaurants in Western New York and I’d happily drive twice as long to enjoy the…

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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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Restaurant Revisit: Tappo Restaurant

Since it opened in the summer of 2013, Tappo Restaurant has brought diners Chef Mike Andrzejewski’s take on affordable, delicious Italian cuisine. Armed with a well-executed menu replete with Italian American staples at good price points, alongside an extensive wine list that features more than 40 bottles at $15/each, Tappo provides a great night out…

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Review: Osteria 166

For our 4 year wedding anniversary, we decided to finally visit Osteria 166 for dinner. My wife had never been, and I’ve only had lunches there. It has been on our radar, so it was great to finally get in there for a meal. We went in with the expectation of a classic Italian red sauce joint…

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Restaurant Revisit: CRaVing Restaurant

When making our Buffalo Eats Approved list, we realized there were a lot of restaurants that were long overdue for an updated review. Considering there will soon be an avalanche of restaurant openings this Summer/Fall, it’s a good time for us to catch up on our backlog. These next couple of days we’ll be writing…

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First Bite: Salumeria Belsito

I blame Chef Bruce Wieszala for our current obsession of Italian cured meats. Alli and I were always casually interested in charcuterie but it wasn’t until we tried Bruce’s COPPA brand a couple years ago that we took our interest up to a new level. Since then we’ve been on the look out for restaurants/shops that…

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Food Porn: Left Bank (revisit)

Have you ever looked back at albums or movies you once loved and wondered what you were thinking? Occasionally, Alli and I feel that way about restaurants that we’ve eaten at over the years. If you look at our Food Porn post from our December 2009 visit to Left Bank, you’ll see how excited we…

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