O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo… and Juliet’s Caffe all my life. Because we love authentic Italian. Are you kidding me?
Last week I stopped in at Romeo & Juliet’s on Sheridan for lunch. Someone once mentioned the pizza was good, but people say stuff like that all the time. We were off to visit someone at Millard Fillmore Suburban and thought we’d make an afternoon of it. My first idea was to try Jojo’s Bistro. Not open for lunch – what? It’s a bistro. Maybe Black & Blue – NOT.
OK. Romeo & Juliet’s Caffe is just around the corner. On my approach I saw what looked like the old Taco Bell building and told my companion- “this might be more of a sub joint than I had planned.”
One step in the door, one deep inhale, a glance at the special board. This is NOT a “sub joint.” This is an Italian masterpiece! The logo says “love at first bite”. They had me at first whiff.
Food: REAL Italian food- I’m talking Lobster Ravioli (ravioli filled with crab & lobster and topped with a cream vodka walnut gorgonzola sauce- :-), Braciola Pugliese, Potato Gnocchi, Manicotti, pizza and panini’s extraordinaire etc. etc.
Pizza San Vito -Marinated artichokes, kalamata olives, soppressata, shredded mozzarella & romano cheese and tomato sauce.($10.45)
Potato gnocchi (lunch special) with sun-dried tomato, vodka cream sauce, parmesan and basil (~$9.95)
Bread, biscotti, desserts things to take home. BALISIMO!
Menu Items missed: Everything else. I can’t type that much, just go and try anything.
Scene: Fairly small and definitely casual with a healthy crowd for a late lunch that covered young and old.
Service: The guy that made the food comes out to take your order and tell you what’s good.
Menu: I didn’t see Pappardelle al Cinghiale, but just about everything else is covered.
Clientele: Anyone who likes real Italian.
Beverages: Regrettably, I didn’t get into the cocktails, beers or wines, but given the decor I’m pretty sure they have wine- probably Italian.
Final thoughts: My mission is not just to get back to Romeo & Juliet’s Caffe, but to try to get them to open another place in the southtowns.
They have some sister restaurants/bakeries on Hertle Ave. and in N. Tonawanda. All of which offer catering.
5199 Sheridan Drive, Buffalo, NY 14221