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Nov 18, 2010
12:32 PM

Italian for dinner

Italian for dinner

Cute and cozy, Panaro's is best known for its cannoli and pasta fagioli. Located on Delaware, just a doorway north of Allen, this lunch spot is always buzzing. Operated by a family, Panaro's has done well for itself by pleasing its dedicated lunch crowd with homey hospitality and classic Italian American dishes. Menu favorites include the spaghetti and meatballs, the lazy lasagna—and on Wednesdays—the braciole.

Over the years I have told many people of my fondness for the sunny cafe, especially on the occasion when the conversation turns to Buffalo's best red sauce joints. To my surprise, many people who would catalog themselves as Buffalo restaurant regulars, have never been to Panaro's. After further investigation, it is generally revealed that they work in another part of town, or eat lunch at their desk. Since Panaro's is only open for lunch during the week, it's no wonder they've been missing out.

But that will no longer be an issue, since I recently discovered that Panaro's has decided to open for dinner one night a week. On Friday evenings guests will select from a menu tailored for the dinner crowd. Open from 5-10pm, reservations are recommended but not required. If Panaro's wasn't on your "to do" list before, it should be now. The quaint, family-operated restaurant is perfect for couples and small groups—and affordable, too.

And while your there, be sure to have the chocolate cassata cake, it is divine!

Panaro's

571 Delaware Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 884-1033

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