As a life-long resident of the Buffalo, New York area, I truly believe that you can’t get the quality food you find in Buffalo anywhere else. This is true of many things – chicken wings, pizza, and roast beef (“on weck,” of course) to name but a few. The best places to get some of the best food in Buffalo aren’t national chain restaurants, but the locally-owned and operated corner restaurants that build up their clientele over the years. When it comes to Italian food in Buffalo, these are some of the favorites to visit on a regular basis.
Chef’s Restaurant – 291 Seneca St. in Buffalo; 716-856-9187 or www.ilovechefs.com. Chef’s is a Buffalo original dating back to 1923, in the same location at Seneca and Chicago. Chef’s is most famous for their Spaghetti Parmesan, and they now ship their equally-famous pasta sauce around the country, in any of four flavors: plain, meat, mushroom, and tomato basil. Chef’s is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Sundays and major holidays).
Sorrentino’s Spaghetti House – 5640 Main St. in the Village of Williamsville; 716-633-2150. Family-owned and operated since 1976, Sorrentino’s is the quintessential “friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant.” The staff is very friendly, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is casual. Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays feature “All the spaghetti you can eat,” including salad and a meatball for a ridiculously low price, and Sundays and Wednesdays feature their amazing pizza at a special price. Carol’s Creation, “rotini pasta topped with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, broccoli and steamed mushrooms served in a garlic and olive oil sauce,” has won awards at local restaurant competitions. Sorrentino’s is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 4 to 10 p.m.
Campobello’s Cucina Italiana – 9334 Transit Rd. (Transit-Casey Plaza) in East Amherst; 716-636-8770. Campobello’s features delicious Italian specialties – don’t be surprised when you take some home! Pasta entrees are offered in full and half orders, with full orders accompanied by soup or salad. The restaurant also features four gourmet pizzas – Sicilian White, Steak, Veggie, and Popeye (spinach, onions, and sausage or meatball topped with ricotta and mozzarella) – as well as a huge build-your-own Calzone that serves three to five people. Campobello’s is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.