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New: Upscale Dining Meets Effortless Aesthetic at The Humbert House

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on January 6, 2022
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House

Ever since silversmith Asa Ransom bought 150 acres to open a tavern there, Clarence has been a magnet for well-heeled entrepreneurs, and the Salvatore family are the latest to open a business there.

The owners of the Salvatore restaurants recently opened The Humbert House in a historic building on Main Street that dates back to 1864. Originally built as a church and later used as a private residence, the updated building is now home to an upscale dining concept that largely revolves around fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

“There’s nothing like us out here,” said Sal LaTorre, head chef at The Humbert House. “I would say we’re one of the very few restaurants in Western New York doing this type of food.”

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The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House

Most of the dishes are presented in the small plates format. During the opening weeks, these plates included Korean-style fried chicken ($16), shrimp tagliatelle ($18) and bluefin tuna tacos ($15). The smaller, large-plate section of the opening menu included a filet mignon with sweet potato hash ($49), duck breast with succotash ($48) and whole red snapper with artichoke risotto ($35).

The refined-yet-rustic plating of these dishes is in keeping with the decor: The house feels like the country home of a well-to-do family. Exposed wooden ceiling beams pass above dining room tables. Above the beams, large glass chandeliers hang from a vaulted ceiling. Rivers of natural light flow in through stained glass and large radius windows. Design accents include vintage furniture pieces and impressionist paintings.

The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House

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Of course, refined food and surroundings demand good drinks. The Humbert House offers a full bar with a major focus on bourbon, gin and scotch.

“A lot of the bottles we have, most restaurants can’t even get, let alone the general public,” LaTorre said. “So we have a pretty good selection.”

The wine list was curated by operator Russel Salvatore Jr., and LaTorre described it as “eclectic, with something for everyone.”

While the food, drinks and decor are more than enough reason to visit The Humbert House, the restaurant also has a couple of events planned. On Thursday nights, they’re offering $5 sliders and $5 draft beers. LaTorre said there are also plans for a monthly Sunday jazz brunch.

The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House
The Humbert House / Photo courtesy of The Humbert House

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“Everyone should stay tuned to our social media platforms for news on that and how to reserve seats,” LaTorre said.

With the menu changing regularly, the restaurant’s Facebook and Instagram accounts are also good follows for the latest upscale creation’s coming out of the kitchen.

Hours at the time of publishing (Subject to change): Open 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday 

The Humbert House

10622 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031 • $$

Italian

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.

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