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Month of the Noodle, Part II: SATO

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“I grew up eating ramen,” said SATO owner and chef Satomi Smith. “It’s in my blood.”

Satomi lights up when talking about her passion and being raised in her family’s ramen noodle restaurant in Fukui, a coastal city in north-central…

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Month of the Noodle, Part II: Santasiero’s - PHOTOS

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Open for 90 years, Santasiero’s is a “what you see is what you get” establishment. 

On the restaurant’s website, the founding family boldly declares: “This is not the place for candlelight…

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Month of the Noodle, Part I: 99 Fast Food - PHOTOS

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99 Fast Food, more commonly known as Pho 99, changed ownership just last year. 

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Festive buzz, Part V: Soho Burger Bar - PHOTOS

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“We’re a party bar, but not in the sense that we used to be. I don’t ever want 1,000 people in here again, I don’t ever want 15 bouncers,” remarked Soho Burger Bar owner Jay Manno.

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Festive buzz, Part IV: Vera Pizzeria - PHOTOS

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Before Vera Pizzeria owner Cameron Rector and I sat down for our interview, he doled out the Elmwood Village bar’s celebrated house shot, Fernet Branca.

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Festive buzz, Part III: Acropolis - PHOTOS

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“If you give anyone in this city an excuse to drink and celebrate a little bit, like a snow day, they’ll take advantage of it. At the end of the day we live in Buffalo, it’s difficult to just barricade yourself in the house,” said new Acropolis OPA executive…

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Festive buzz, Part II: Savoy - PHOTOS

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“You’re trying to just make people feel warm and fuzzy inside, that’s pretty much the…

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Festive buzz, Part I: Encore - PHOTOS

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There are few things I love than sipping on a Tom and Jerry at The Place on a frosty winter night.

For this Festive Buzz series, however, I’ll…

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Soup sleuth, Part V: Martin Cooks - PHOTOS

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“Soup is always the first course that people get, so we want it to be dramatic,” said Martin Cooks owner and head chef Martin Danilowicz.

“We usually try to go a little over-the-top with the garnishes. We made a pea soup and took phyllo dough and cooked…

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Soup sleuth, Part IV: Papaya - PHOTOS

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Papaya co-owner and chef Tai Truong knew his passion didn’t lie in the corporate world but dwelt in the depths of the kitchen. 

“It wasn’t me,” Truong said of his foray into the business world. “I missed cooking and being in restaurants.” …

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Soup sleuth, Part III: Osteria 166 - PHOTOS

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Osteria 166 may have just hit Buffalo’s food scene with a soft opening in June, but owner Nick Pitillo has been in the restaurant and…

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Soup sleuth, Part II: Butterwood Sweet and Savory - PHOTOS

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“It screams fall. It’s very seasonal. It’s Thanksgiving in a bowl,” said Butterwood Sweet & Savory executive sous chef Stephanie Viles.

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Soup sleuth, Part I: Globe Market - PHOTOS

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Chipotle Cheddar Potato, Spicy Black Bean and Long Island Clam Chowder. With a lineup like that it’s no wonder Globe Market has become an Elmwood Village staple and go-to lunch destination for 9-5ers downtown.…