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GiGi's Brings A New Spin on Italian to Kenmore
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GiGi's Brings A New Spin on Italian to Kenmore

 

As we mentioned in our Osteria 166 post earlier this week, we have a lot of new restaurants to check out this summer. We crossed another off our list when we visited GiGi’s Cucina Povera last Friday for dinner. Located in the formerO’Connell’s Bistro on Kenmore Ave., it’s run by Chef/Owner Mary Ann Giordano, who previously ran the kitchen at Williamsville’s Creekview Restaurant. We’ve been following the progress of GiGi’s since the facebook page appeared in January of this year and have been anxiously waiting for the restaurant to open.

It’s understandable that someone might be a little cautious when hearing about an Italian restaurant opening in North Buffalo, but GiGi’s menu isn’t the average red sauce joint you might expect. The menu focuses on Sicilian dishes, similar to the ones you’d find in Mary’s cookbook that she released last year.

We noticed while looking at the menu that Gigi’s attempts to use many local ingredients. We were especially excited to see the name Painted Meadow Farms in the menu, one of our favorites. Like many of our meals lately, Alli and I ordered a bunch of small plates to try and sample a range of the menu. We started our meal with Eggs Poached in Pomodoro($8), Arancini ($9) and the Cauliflower Froggia ($8). Once Alli read the words “Egg Poached in Pomodoro” it was over, we knew that we had to order the dish as it combined two of her favorite things. The dish did not disappoint, the two poached eggs with runny yolk in a thicker tomato sauce and garlic toast tasted much better then I would have thought (although Alli would tell you that she knew from the start it would be fantastic). It’s a simple dish but with quality ingredients, it worked really well together.

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