DiTondo’s, an Italian favorite, reopens with a new name and a new menu
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Italian cuisine is once again brewed at DiTondo’s famous Seneca Street kitchen. But as the restaurant reopens after a three-year hiatus, it has a new name, new owners, and a new vision.
Rita DiTondo, a great-granddaughter of original owner Sebastiano DiTondo, and her father, John, bought the restaurant from John’s cousins in 2019. She and her husband Fabio Consonni, an Italian-born chef, reopened on Wednesday in a renovated building called “DiTondo”, without the S.
The restaurant is currently open for lunch Monday through Friday, noon to 2:30 p.m., and has 60 seats inside and 30 outside on a covered terrace. But staples like spaghetti parm, meatballs and Italian sausages are gone. The new menu, which will rotate seasonally, is currently limited to a handful of main courses, two sides and one dessert.
“The restaurant’s new lunch menu evokes feelings of comfort, family and nostalgia, feelings that have been associated with DiTondo for decades,” the restaurant said in a press release. “The menu focuses on regional Italian cuisine, drawing inspiration from 20 different regions of Italy and Fabio’s experiences working in kitchens in Europe and the United States. The wine list has been curated by Rita (a qualified sommelier) and will showcase Italian wines from small family-owned wineries, with an emphasis on sustainability.
The main dishes include:
- Lasagna: Lasagna with Bolognese meat stew ($ 16)
- Crespelle: Pancakes with mushrooms and fontina ($ 14)
- Trophy: Trofie pasta, pesto, potatoes and green beans ($ 14)
- Parmigiana: Eggplant parm ($ 12)
- Involtini di vitello: Stuffed veal rolls, olives and tomato sauce ($ 16)
- Zuppa: Fall soup: Beans, squash, kale and pecorino ($ 12)
The sides are focaccia pugliese (flatbread with cherry tomatoes and olives, $ 8) and insalata (seasonal vegetables with nutritional yeast, $ 6). For dessert, panna cotta and honey ($ 7) and tiramisu ($ 7).
The restaurant’s original facade has been recreated during renovations and the suspended ceilings have been removed, allowing in sunlight. The original bar is still intact near the entrance. Parking is available on the usual corner lot of the restaurant. (Restaurant at 370 Seneca Street, Seneca and Cedar lot.)
DiTondo plans to add dinner hours in the coming months.
“We are honored to carry on the legacy of the DiTondo family and to reintroduce this beloved Buffalo restaurant, which has been a treasured and familiar place for family, friends and colleagues for over a hundred years,” said the co-founder. Rita DiTondo. “We embrace the old and the new, and decades of DiTondo tradition guide this next chapter for the restaurant. We welcome people who have dined and created memories here for generations, and we invite anyone interested in seeing all that is happening in downtown Buffalo, the Larkin District and in between, along Seneca Street.
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