Whether you simply want a bite to eat or you are planning for a special occasion, Ristorante Lombardo guarantees a comfortable, relaxing, thoroughly enjoyable experience. The linens are clean and crisp, the lighting is ambient, the decor is tasteful, and all around you there is an air of wholesome sophistication. Enjoy a seasonal menu filled with exotic, in-house creations inspired by different regions of Italy. Take in the romantic landscaping of the private patio. There is no need to board a plane to experience one of the greatest culinary cultures – you can find it right here in Buffalo.
Need more convincing? Here are six additional reasons to eat at Ristorante Lombardo:
1. Antipasti. This selection of the menu is traditionally the first course of a formal meal in Italy. Think cheeses, cured meats, pickled meats, artichoke hearts, anchovies, olives, mushrooms, and vinegar-soaked vegetables (just to name a few). Specifically, we have our eye on Lombardo’s Grilled Octopus appetizer, complete with smoky white beans, fresh arugula, and tangy pickled fennel. Yum!
2. Insalate. No Italian feast would be complete without a fresh salad. Take for example the classic Caesar. Here at Lombardo, this dish for two is prepared tableside, meaning your greens won’t lose their crunch before you get to enjoy them. Oh, and take our word of advice – just say yes to adding the grilled shrimp!
3. Pizza. As excellent as the local pizza parlors are in our region, sometimes it’s nice to change things up and try something more exotic, i.e. not just pep + the mozz. Lombardo’s gourmet pizza options are a blend of quality ingredients in combinations that might not have otherwise crossed your mind. It’s also ready for take-out, so if you don’t have time to sit down, just order and pickup or have a pie delivered. We recommend the Funghi e Taleggio, which combines cremini and shiitake mushrooms with fresh thyme and extra virgin olive oil. The rich flavors blend well together.
Paccheri pasta covered in a tomato based wild boar sauce with cracked green olives
Housemade orecchiette pasta with caramelized cauliflower, onions, capers, parsley, brown butter, lemon zest and breadcrumbs
4. Primi. Anyone can boil a pot of noodles and throw some spaghetti sauce on top, but a real chef who specializes in Italian cuisine knows the magic of a pasta done well. The sauce will stick to the pasta, the noodles will keep their shape, and the flavors will complement each other. We recommend giving the Tagliatelle Bolognese a try. You will just love the blend of tender veal, juicy pork, and beef ragu seasoned with thyme and Parmigiano. Talk about comforting!
5. Secondi. We are talking juicy, mouthwatering meats that will make you want to sign up for Italian cooking lessons! Your best bet is to begin with a dish like the Continental, which features steaming shrimp scampi, soft veal francese, and handmade tagliatelle. Life is good!
6. Dolci. We would have loved Italians all the same if their hearty pastas and tangy pizzas were all that they had to offer in terms of cuisine. But no, they did not stop there. They created dessert masterpieces like Tiramisu and Biscotti, too! We recommend trying the Banoffee Pie – it’s everything you love about classic banana cream pie, but with a house-made, crunchy toffee twist. Never a dull moment!
With seasonal menus consisting of original creations inspired by authentic regional Italian preparations, you’ll get an authentic taste of Italy while enjoying lunch or dinner in the Ristorante Lombardo dining room
An absolute must for anyone who appreciates authentic Italian cuisine
As you can see, Ristorante Lombardo is an absolute must for anyone who appreciates good Italian grub in a classy environment – and especially for foodies who are ready to try something new! Whether you are planning for a first date, getting together with friends to celebrate something, or you are just looking for an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a hot meal that you did not have to cook for yourself, you are welcome here. Buon Appetito!
Located at 1198 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. Click here to find Ristorante Lombardo on GoogleMaps. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Sundays. To learn more, please visit www.ristorantelombardo.com. Here you will find the complete menu, a private dining request form, photos, gift cards, history, and online reservations.