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Best Restaurants to Get Pasta in WNY According to Our Readers

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on December 17, 2020

 

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Fazzoletti e Prosciutto di Antra at Ristorante Lombardo / Photo courtesy of Ristorante Lombardo

Whether you’re in the mood for handcrafted homemade pasta, authentic Italian pasta dishes, or a twist on the classics, Buffalo and Western New York has quite the list of options.

We asked our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram followers where to find the best pasta in Buffalo and WNY, and they answered with their top picks. Below we’ve included the full list of reader recommendations – if it was mentioned, it’s listed below.

With hundreds of comments resulting in over 50 recommendations, there’s an option in almost every neighborhood. Some are specifically Italian restaurants, some make their own pasta, some have one pasta dish worth a visit, and some have dare we say cult followings. All have pasta worth recommending according to our readers.

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Homemade pasta / Photo courtesy of Linguine’s

Which restaurants were mentioned the most? While many recommendations were mentioned several times, there were certain places mentioned over and over (and over) again as the best restaurants to get pasta in Western New York including La Bella Sicilia (Cheektowaga), Mulberry Italian Ristorante (Lackawanna), Sinatra’s (Kenmore), Lombardo Ristorante (Hertel Ave), San Marco (Snyder), Italian Village (Depew), Inizio (Elmwood Village), Linguine’s (Bowmansville), Fortuna’s (Niagara Falls), Ilio DiPaolo’s (Blasdell), Falletta’s (East Amherst).

Check out the comments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for menu item recommendations and specific info you can’t get anywhere else, out of the mouths of customers! Plus explore more guides with recommendations according to our readers.

Want to send us a recommendation to add to this list? Email us at editorial@stepoutbuffalo.com!

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Best Pasta in Buffalo & WNY According to Our Readers

A Touch of Italy

630 Delaware Avenue
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $$$

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Touch of Italy Restaurant and Pizzeria is a dynamic dining destination in the heart of Tonawanda. Whether dining solo or celebrating with a group, Touch

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Amici Ristorante

2516 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo New York 14217 • $$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Experience a family's passion, and be part of something special at Amici Ristorante. From the intoxicating smell of homemade sauce to the warmly-lit dining

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Andiamo Takeout Bistro

545 W Klein Rd
Getzville New York 14221 • $$

Italian

Andiamo Bistro is an Authentic Italian Bistro specializing in fresh pasta, gourmet pizza, and Catering. Everything is made fresh to order and exactly like

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Bobby J’s Italian American Grille

204 Como Park Blvd
Cheektowaga New York 14227 • $$

Italian

Bobby J's Italian American Grille is a family owned and operated establishment. We specialize in lunches, dinners, dine in, take out, bar, and banquets.

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Campobello’s Cucina Italiana

9334 Transit Rd
East Amherst New York 14051 • $$

Italian

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Twenty years of service in the same East Amherst neighborhood has established Campobello's Cucina Italiana as a family favorite. Our generous portions

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Carmelo’s Restaurant

425 Center Street
Lewiston New York 14092 • $$$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

A neighborhood restaurant at its core, Carmelo's has many regular guests and openly accommodates visitors to the area with welcome arms. Carmelo's hosts

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Carmine’s

9430 Transit Rd
East Amherst New York 14051 • $$

Italian

Carmine's is known for 'the tastiest meal this side of Palermo,' offering veal, chicken, seafood and pasta. Carmine's has been servicing the greater

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Carte Blanche

61 Buffalo St
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$$

American

South Towns

Carte Blanche makes great use of the outdoors with dining and lounge space on a first floor alley patio and a second floor alley deck. The second floor

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Casa Antica

490 Center St
Lewiston New York 14092 • $$

Buffalo

We we are a family-run Italian restaurant on Center Street in Historic Lewiston, we pride ourselves on our warm welcoming atmosphere and authentic homemade

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Chef’s

291 Seneca St.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

Burgers

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Family Italian restaurant with a new kitchen serving homemade Italian sausage, Italian hamburgers, breads, and their homemade sauce.

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Cipollina

6 Clinton St
Akron New York 14001 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Cipollina Rustic Italian Kitchen is the newest endeavor by Laurie Bordonaro Mozee (owner of Guy's Subs) and Chef Jerry Clementi (former owner of Cafe Aroma

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Cugino’s Italian Restaurant

6011 Main St.
Williamsville New York 14221 • $$$

Italian

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Cugino's is a fine dining establishment catering to the high end clientele of Williamsville serving Northern Italian cuisine. The service style is a bit

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daniela.

387, Forest Avenue, Elmwood Village
Buffalo New York 14213 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Walking into daniela., you have two options: full service at the bar or counter service. If you choose counter service, you place your order and get a

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Fanara’s Restaurant

3347 Delaware Ave
Buffalo New York 14217 • $$$

Italian

North Buffalo

Fine Dining

A Word from Fanara's Restaurant Our menu selections will delight the eye and the palette. Dinner and special events available.

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Forno Napoli

1280 Sweet Home Rd
Getzville New York 14228 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

OUR STORY We came from a large second generation Italian family. Our grandparents, Felice $ Louisa, came from a small town outside of Naples and immigrated

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Fortuna’s Restaurant

827 19th St
Buffalo New York 14305 • $$

American

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

This restaurant in Niagara's Little Italy, has been pleasing palates since 1945. The third generation of the Fortuna family now runs the restaurant and

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Frankie Primo’s +39

51 W Chippewa St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Word from Frankie Primos +39 What's in a name? In this case, the name says it all. Frankie Primo's +39. This restaurant is about family, Frankie Primo's,

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Franks Sunny Italy

2491 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $

Buffalo Food

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Website says: Located in the heart of North Buffalo, Frank's Sunny Italy restaurant has been a mainstay of Italian cuisine for over 25 years!ï¾  You'll

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Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta

59 Allen St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$$

Italian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

From Giacobbi's Allentown's Italian dining destination is located at 59 Allen Street at Franklin , just a short block from the burgeoning medical corridor.

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Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse

5110 Main St
Williamsville New York 14221 • $$$

Italian

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Giancarlo's is Western New York's premier spot for fine dining, meetings, private parties, and offsite catering.[separator type='space'] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1RX4jZtPiA

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Hearth + Press

665 Main St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Fast Casual

Imagine, if you will, living in a city situated along the Mediterranean Sea. Your weekday mornings are highlighted by walking into a cafe on the way

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Ilio Di Paolo’s

3785 South Park Ave
Blasdell New York 14219 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Dine in the ambience of Tuscany with hand-painted murals of Ilio s hometown of Introdacqua, Italy and decor that celebrates his pro wrestling career, as

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Inizio Buffalo

534, Elmwood Avenue, Allentown
Buffalo New York 14222 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Chef Michael Gibney cooks new world Italian dishes

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JT’s Urban Italian

905 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo New York 14222 • $$$$

Italian

Buffalo

From the people that bring you 800 Maple and Siena, this stylish Elmwood Village urban Italian restaurant with a seasonal menu is a hit. The bar scene

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Julie’s Pizzeria $ Restaurant

12 East Main Street
Buffalo New York 14141 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Julie's is a product of the Collesano family, which immigrated to the New York area in the early 1900's. Julie's was established in 1977 and has been a

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L’Isola d’Oro

4690 Camp Rd.
Buffalo New York 14075 • $

Italian

South Towns

Closed Website says: Serving WNY for Over 15 years. We offer a family friendly atmosphere combined with an Italian feel. NOT all photos necessarily

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La Bella Sicilia Restaurant $ Pizzeria

2909 Genesee Street
Buffalo New York 14225 • $

Buffalo Food

Cheektowaga & East

Casual / Full Table Service

La Bella Sicilia s Restaurant is a restaurant where the natural flavors of quality ingredients are used for the Italian disk- Unlike anywhere else. We

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La Costa Verde

5790 Transit Rd.
Buffalo New York 14043 • $

Italian

Cheektowaga & East

Casual / Full Table Service

5790 Transit Rd. Depew NY 14043 (716) 685-0005 Seven days 11:00am - 9:00 pm

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Las Puertas

385 Rhode Island St
Buffalo New York 14213 • $$$

Mexican

Buffalo

Las Puertas is a 35 seat intimate restaurant that features Mexican food with a modern blend with classic french techniques. SOB Says: The menu at Las

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Lebro’s

330 Cambell Blvd
Buffalo New York 14068 • $$

American

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Lebro s dishes are served to satisfy. That means we don t skimp on the preparation or the delicious ingredients that ensure your order tastes even better

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Left Bank

511 Rhode Island St.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Cool spot with a nice bar, fine wine list and excellent food, all of which brings in the large crowds- reservations suggested.

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Linguine’s Italian Restaurant

5380 Genesee St
Bowmansville New York 14026 • $$

Virtual - Online Only

We Pride ourselves on being a word of mouth Restaurant.

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Lombardo Ristorante

1198 Hertel Ave
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$$

Italian

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Fine Dining

SOB Says: In my mind what sets Ristorante Lombardo on the top of the heap is the total package, the 'dining experience'. Don't get me wrong, the food is

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Lucia’s on the Lake

4151 Lakeshore Rd
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says About Lucia's on the Lake: Looking for a solid choice with a casual atmosphere, some bar crowd, a good view and good food then Lucia's on the

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Major Tom’s Drop Zone

5842 Camp Rd, Hamburg, NY, United States
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

Buffalo Food

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

WWII themed Italian restaurant. Home of the platoon-sized lasagna, howitzer (homemade jumbo manicotti), 40mm Buffalo shells, chicken undercover, and boneyard

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Mangia Ristorante

4264 N Buffalo Rd
Orchard Park New York 14127 • $$$

Buffalo Food

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Mangia is located in the heart of Orchard Park the atmosphere is casual yet sophisticate and warming with a great bar area. No matter what language you

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MARBLE + RYE

112 Genesee St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $$$

American

Buffalo

This is quality, 'honest' food served in a pleasant, casual atmosphere. The concise menu covers all the right bases and preparation is unpretentious. The

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Marco’s on Niagara

1085 Niagara St
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

Buffalo Food

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

'In 1988, Marco Sciortino purchased the building from Andy and Joe Darone. Since then, Marco has been the owner and chef of Marco s Restaurant, and has

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Michael’s Restaurant

3011 Pine Ave
Niagara Falls New York 14301 • $$

Italian

An Italian American Resturaunt, family owned $ operated for almost 50 yrs. Founded in 1963 by Michael Capizzi, the tradition has carried on for 3 generations.

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Molinaro’s Ristorante, NY Pizzeria $ Caffe.

90 Walnut St.
Buffalo New York 14094 • $$

Buffalo Food

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

As far back as I can remember, every Sunday we would go to my Nonna Molinaro's house for spaghetti and meatballs. I know you will enjoy them as much as

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Mulberry Italian Ristorante

64 Jackson Ave.
Lackawanna New York 14218 • $$

Buffalo Food

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Mulberry Italian Ristorante prides itself on offering the most authentic Italian cuisine this side of the Big Apple! Whether it's a special occasion, or

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Oliver’s Restaurant

2095 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$$

American

North Buffalo

Fine Dining

Step Out's 2 cents: One of the finest restaurants in Buffalo, Oliver's Restaurant is fine dining in the 'Old School' tradition. This gem has been turning

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Orazio’s by Zarcone

9415 Main Street
Buffalo New York 14031 • $$$

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

At Orazio's by Zarcone we pride ourselves with cooking everything from scratch. Every meal is prepared to order, whether it is pasta, seafood, or steak! We

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Osteria 166

166 Franklin Street
Buffalo New York 14202 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

A Casual Italian Eatery and Pub Situated at the heart of the beautiful downtown city of Buffalo, New York. Osteria 166 offers some of the unique and

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Otto’s

3972 Union Rd
Buffalo New York 14225 • $$

American

Cheektowaga & East

Casual / Full Table Service

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Panaro’s

571 Delaware
Buffalo New York 14201 • $

Deli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Website says: Panaro s is a small family owned Italian restaurant offering delicious homemade lunch, Monday thru Friday from 11am-3pm. From our homemade

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Pasquale’s West Seneca

242 Main Street
Buffalo New York 14052 • $$

Italian

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Pasquale's has proudly been serving fine Italian food for dining and takeout in WNY since 1975. We continue to grow, now featuring locations in Derby,

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Picasso’s Pizza – Blasdell

4154, McKinley Parkway, Big Tree
Erie County New York 14219 • $

Buffalo Food

South Towns

We are the real Picasso's Pizza. Western New York's Premier Pizzeria.

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Poppyseed

3670 McKinley Pkwy
Buffalo New York 14219 • $

American

South Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

Since 2000 identical twins Sherry and Shelly Biscaro with longtime friend Marina Ciesla have been cooking up some delicious food at the Poppyseed Restaurant.

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Raphael’s

4572, Clark Street
Hamburg New York 14075 • $$

Italian

South Towns

Raphael's is a local family owned restaurant that serves awesome home made Italian food from lasagna and pizza, to steak and chops. We also serve beer

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Ripa’s Restaurant

4218 Walden Avenue
Lancaster New York 14086 • $$

American

Cheektowaga & East

Casual / Full Table Service

Ripa's Restaurant has been welcoming friends and neighbors for over 50 years.ï¾  Ray and Ennio continue to reflect the Ripa family tradition of bringing

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Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizzas

5433 Transit Rd
Clarence New York 14221 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Casual / Full Table Service

SOB Says About Rocco's Wood Fired Pizzas: If you're craving wood-fired pizza or some quality Italian in a laid-back atmosphere enjoyable for both kids

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Romeo & Juliet’s Cafe – Tonawanda

2512 Sheridan Dr.
Tonawanda New York 14150 • $$

Deli-Sandwiches

North Towns

Romeo and Juliet s Cafe brings the culture and exquisite tastes of Italy to Buffalo. Ever since we opened in 1998, we have offered a variety of freshly

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Roost

1502 Niagara St
Buffalo New York 14213 • $$$

American

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Walking into Roost, you might doubt that you're in Buffalo, or on Niagara St. You're reminded of the raw beauty of our post-industrial city and, seriously,

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Royal Family Restaurant

1320 Sheridan Dr
Buffalo New York 14217 • $$

Greek

We are a Greek Restaurant serving Kenmore and all the surrounding areas. It does not matter if you are by yourself or if you have a large party. Haralambos

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San Marco

2082 Kensington Ave
Snyder New York 14226 • $$$$

International

North Towns

Fine Dining

For more than 30 years Owners/Chefs Frank and Nancy Grimaldi have delighted guests from Western New York and around the world with the wonderful flavors

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Sinatra’s

945 Kenmore Ave
Buffalo New York 14223 • $$$

Italian

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

One of Buffalo's favorite Italian restaurants has up and moved across the street to all new digs.   SOB Says about Sinatra's: Sinatra's is one

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Tappo

338 Ellicott St
Buffalo New York 14203 • $$

Italian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Tappo, Italian for cork, is proud to welcome our guests to downtown Buffalo to enjoy great American Italian cuisine, wines in an urban chic atmosphere. See

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The Italian Village

6354 Transit Rd
Buffalo New York 14043 • $$

Buffalo Food

Casual / Full Table Service

The authentic Italian food is inspired by the family meals of Mr. $ Mrs. Balconi in their youth in Sicily, but the atmosphere is anything but old fashioned.

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Trattoria Aroma on Bryant

307 Bryant Street
Buffalo New York 14222 • $$$

Italian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Fine Dining

SOB Says About Aroma on Bryant: I'll just come right out and say it, Trattoria Aroma is one of our favorite spots in the city. The food is consistently

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Villaggio

7 Monroe St
Ellicottville New York 14731 • $$

Italian

Southern Tier

When you come to Ellicottville, you are here for a good time. At Villaggio, we are here to help you with that. Whether you want food for a large group,

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Zambistro Restaurant

408 Main St
Medina New York 14103 • $$

American

Niagara County

Fine Dining

The fifty seat bistro has a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, and the public is invited to experience the menu and wine list. Selections include everything

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