Entries from Buffalo Chow tagged with 'Pizza'

What To Do: Maple Weekend + Buffalo Pizza-Bash (Née Fest)

Looking for something interesting to do (and eat) this weekend? We have a couple of options to offer you today. Every year, the New York State Maple Producers Association holds a Maple Weekend to celebrate the start of the maple...

SoCal Chow: California Pizza Kitchen And Claim Jumper

As we mentioned in the first of our unexpected SoCal Chow articles from this weekend, our trip back from San Francisco to test Apple's new iPad was stalled by a mid-week snowstorm in Buffalo, so we shuffled off to Southern...

Riva's Pizza: An Object Lesson In Impressive Food Marketing

Great modern design is rare in Western New York, so we make a special effort to spotlight design-conscious restaurants whenever we spot them. This week, it was an advertisement of all things - one in the dying print format, no...

Picasso's + Second Helpings: Zetti's, Eastern Pearl + Sake Cafe

We're unusually crunched for time this week because of our work on iLounge's 2010 iPod and iPhone Buyers' Guide (enter the contest, cast your vote), but we wanted to post a summary of some of our recent local dining experiences,...

Taste of Lancaster: Local Foods, Two Blocks, No Tickets

By comparison with the ten-day Taste of Chicago, the two-day Taste of Buffalo, or even the one-day Taste of Williamsville, the Taste of Lancaster is small - as in, it occupies both sides of two blocks on one street. But...

At Franco's Pizza, Square Surprises Come in White Boxes

Of the dozen or so foods that just taste different - and better - in Western New York, pizza is probably the one that varies the most. No matter which pizzeria you choose around here, unless you're specifically hunting for...

Update: Prima Pizza & Pasta, Shango, China Max, Mercer's

Brief but notable updates to several past Buffalo Chow reviews have been posted, along with this: a look at Berrafato's Prima Pizza & Pasta, which quickly and quietly replaced the good Molinaro's New York Pizza location at 9370 Transit Road...

News: Duff's in Depew, Eastern Pearl & Dunkin' Bankruptcy

When local food news is of interest to our editors, we'll bring it to you here. In this week's update: first word on a brand new location of Duff's, an update on The Eastern Pearl, "WNY's newest fine dining Chinese...

Chicago Chow: On India House, Lou Malnati's & Giordano's

Particularly in the age of phony Internet "user" reviews, relying on recommendations from savvy friends (and trustworthy web sites - wink!) is a smart way to find the world's greatest things rather than getting sucked into marketing traps. One friend...

At Luigi's, Lines Form For Huge Pizzas & Italian Favorites

Visit a country with enough castles or churches, and at some point, you'll undoubtably find yourself saying, "seen one, seen 'em all." Western New York's pizza places are equally numerous, but somehow, there's always a chance that an unfamiliar venue...

From Canada & Chicago: Aero, Icewine Candy & Deep Dish

Our loves for imported Canadian chocolates, ice wine, and authentic Chicago deep dish pizza are already well-documented, but there's a lot more left to say - and try. This week, we're looking at a handful of additional, noteworthy items that...

Eight Great Local Places Out-of-Town Visitors Should Try

You've probably been on one side of this experience before: a friend from outside Buffalo comes to visit for a few days - maybe longer - and you need to quickly pick some places that show off Western New York...

One Room, Two Bellies, 15 Pizzerias: Buffalo's Pizza-Fest

We came. We saw. We ate - probably too much. And after the two of us had finished nine total slices of pizza at Buffalo Pizza-Fest, a weekend event held at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew, we didn't feel as...

Zetti's: A Wide Variety of Decent NY-ish Pizza, By The Slice

Though SUNY at Buffalo brings plenty of Eastern New Yorkers - read: Long Islanders - to its campuses every semester, it's fair to say that many Western New Yorkers aren't exactly wowed by all things Manhattan. A self-described "NY-style" business...

Amherst Pizza & Ale House Offers Huge Plates, Solid Food

We know, we know: we tend to over-order when we're reviewing restaurants, and we were surely overwhelmed on our second visit to the Amherst Pizza & Ale House in Getzville. But who would have guessed that a Buffalo News photographer...

NYC Chow: Do WNY's Pizza and Hot Dogs Beat NY City's?

As frequent readers know, we occasionally venture outside of Buffalo to see what we're missing and what we're not: prior visits to Seattle and Toronto yielded memorably great, locally unavailable Ethiopian and Asian meals, while a trip to Kauai offered...

Tasty, Not Thrilling Take-Out at Transit's Pesci's & Mr. Pita

In the months that have passed since WingFest '08, we've been thinking about Hawg Wings - the pork version of chicken wings, apparently invented at Braun's but spreading like wildfire to other restaurants inside and outside of Buffalo. Last week,...

From Traditional Italian to Modern Updates, Siena Engages

Many people love Siena with a capital "L." Many years ago, it drew crowds as the second restaurant to bring a wood-burning pizza oven to Amherst, and today - without taking reservations - it remains the sort of thriving, impressive...

At Trattoria Aroma, Consistently Good, Classy Italian Fare

Western New York has no shortage of perpetually busy Italian-American restaurants, and though there are some exceptional places that people are willing to drive out of their way to enjoy, there are very strong others that attract steady crowds with...

Palladino's, a Hidden Pizza, Wing, and Garlic Bread Master

The hottest chicken wings we'd ever eaten, years ago, now stand as one of our few indelible memories of growing up in Western New York. We can still picture them: they were a bright, nearly glowing orange. Impossible to eat...

A Fitting Name For a One-Star Restaurant: Uno

We won't waste much time or words discussing Uno Chicago Grill, once known as Pizzeria Uno, the chain that popularized the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Years ago, we visited an Uno in a shopping mall somewhere, and after a forgettable...

At 800 Maple, Waiting For Discounted Pizzas is Wise

Strictly speaking, there's nothing wrong with 800 Maple. In fact, this restaurant - located as the name would suggest on Maple Road in Williamsville - is a competent place to order not only typical Italian fare, but also the locally...

Great Northern Pizza Kitchen: How Salads Can Impress

As a rule, we are not impressed by mere salads, but there are exceptions to the rule: notably, the garlicky Caesar Salad at the Grand Lux Cafe in Las Vegas, the Chinese Chicken Salad at its sister restaurant The Cheesecake...

Bocce: A Local Legend Ships Pizzas of International Caliber

For decades, when we discussed Buffalo's best pizzas, there was only a single place that we would consider worthy of recommendation: "Bocce on Bailey," more specifically North Bailey Avenue in Amherst. The Bocce name is huge on both the signs...

Bravo: Hold the Applause, It's Chain-Quality Italian

In a region that's completely packed with family-owned Italian restaurants, some people might laugh at the very thought that a quality Italian meal could be found at a shopping mall. But Bravo! Cucina Italiana, located inside the recently opened upscale...

MyPod: Pizza Plant's Inspired Pod Remixes the Pizza

In 2002, Puff Daddy claimed to have invented the remix. Back in 1980, an Amherst restaurant called Pizza Plant actually invented the "pod," a variant on the calzone that transformed a slice or five of pizza into a football-shaped pocket...

With Californian Influence, Just Pizza Reinvents Buffalo's

We do not, as a rule, lightly add new pizza parlors to our list of "favorites." To go further, perhaps 15 years have passed since we've had such a great pizza in Western New York that we'd consider it as...

Buffalo-Style Pizza: Staggering, if Properly Located

There is pizza, and then there is Buffalo-style pizza, a version that combines judicious quantities of dough and tomato sauce with fresh, heavy Mozzarella cheese and lots of equally judicious toppings. What's judicious? Buffalo's classic pizza isn't as thin as...

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