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DiTondo's Offers Red Sauce in a Nostalgic Setting
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DiTondo's Offers Red Sauce in a Nostalgic Setting

If Alli and I are driving down Seneca Street for Italian, it’s always been to visit Chef’s. We’ve heard about DiTondo’s for a while but the main problem was their limited hours (dinner service only on Friday nights from what I understand). But on a Friday night when we couldn’t think of a place to go, we decided to finally try DiTondo’s and see if they could offer some type of unique spin on ‘red sauce Italian’.

The building’s interior (specifically their bar) is almost exactly what I thought it would be, dated in a way that felt nostalgic instead of sad. The bar (surprisingly) had a couple of local micro brews on tap and there appeared to be a collection of regulars having dinner. DiTondo’s has a pretty strong following and you could tell many of the diners ate there on a very regular basis and the waitress’ seemed to know everyone’s names. It was nice outside so Alli and I decided to wait a couple minutes for seats on the patio, which is gigantic. Honestly, we both assumed that the patio would be a couple tables under an tent but DiTondo’s has a very large, grassy back yard with a large awning and even a gazebo. There were a couple interesting lawn decorations but overall it was a nice backdrop for our meal; sitting behind the restaurant you’d never expect you were in downtown Buffalo.

The dinner menu (and even lunch menu) for DiTondo’s is small, Alli and I looked over their one page menu and selection of 4-5 specials for the night. The restaurant was busy even for a Friday night and the service was a little chaotic, we had to wait a while for our waitress to take our order and again to bring the check. I ordered the Chicken Parm while Alli ordered the special of Ravioli Parm with a couple meatballs.

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