Surprisingly good Italian food in Orchard Park. In town visiting relatives, but otherwise not familiar with the area. Right at the main intersection of the village. The restaurant is very nicely renovated inside and has a good atmosphere. We were there on a Tuesday night with a winter storm, so not too crowded, but I gather from relatives that reservations are usually a must.
Very ambitious menu which had me expecting very low quality. I was very pleasantly surprised. The chef has a somewhat heavy hand with olive oil (excellent quality, by the way) and garlic (one can never have enough in my view...). Check your diet at the door and enjoy.
Appetizers in our group: They start you with a very tasty basket of warm Italian bread to dip in an excellent herbed olive oil mixture (very good, but leave some room!) as well as little squares of a tasty, warm focaccia with tomatoes and onions. Our group had: "Greens & beans": a warm salad of arugula with white navy beans in olive oil and garlic (among others). Quite good. Arugula and beet salad with goat cheese and candied pecans - excellent. Lamb "lollipops" - very good (billed as an appetizer, my mother would have been happy had that been her whole meal) - served over a small arugula salad. Scallops with rasberry puree. Again, arugula salad (confession: I LOVE arugula, so this place had my number). Jumbo scallops went well with the puree
Mains - two of our group wanted Pizza. These were nicely done (thin crust, not overly dressed to the point of collapsing). I had "saltimbocca alla romana" and asked for a substitute of spaghetti instead of potatoes. No problem and done as nicely as any I have had in Rome (a bit heavy on the sauce would be my only moderately negaive comparative to saltimbocca I have had in Rome). My wife had a stuffed chicken special which was served with homemade buccatini that was also very nice.
Desert - I had just come back from Sicily a couple of weeks ago, so tried the cannoli as a test. These should be filled with ricotta only at the last moment to keep the pastry crispy. Mission accomplished - the pastry was cripy, the ricotta fresh. Very authentic (only drawback: they sprinkle chocolate chips on top which I believe would have any Sicilian fainting dead away at the mere thought of it, but easy enough not to eat and looks nice in the presentation, so I don't really take away marks for that.
Wine - had an EXCELLENT bottle of 2011 Justin Paso Robles for only $40. All food prices were pretty normal to my eyes, coming from a big city. And frankly, having come back from Sicily just two weeks prior, lower than in Italy. I see some of the reviews say prices were high. I guess it's all relative. Pastas (very large selection and quite imaginative) were all in the $15-$20 range; mains $22-$30 by and large and appetizers $8-$12 more or less. Judge for yourself.
Impeccable quality and a chef who knows his business. This won't be earning any Michelin stars tomorrow - not super fancy, high end "foodie fare". This is good Italian comfort food well executed by people who know their craft.
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