Sal is a hardworking, passionate man that truly appreciates the fact that his business has become one of the Queen City's premier hot spots. The place has it all - it's a great place to unwind after work, dine with family and friends, or enjoy a night out on the town... Snooty seems to have found the perfect balance. In addition to their weekly happy hour deals, Snooty also hosts Buffalo's best 'industry night' on Sunday evenings, allowing the city's hardworking bar and restaurant staff to enjoy food and drink specials on their night off. It is here that Sal and I recently caught up to discuss his seemingly ever-growing business. We did not talk Captain & Cokes or cosmos; we talked cuisine. Only the freshest, imported ingredients compose the authentic homemade recipes handed down by Sal's parents (he is 100% Sicilian). Sal is responsible for every facet of the meal, from ordering the finest ingredients to arranging the final presentation. The menu and the look of the restaurant both change with the season.
I started with the Naked Shrimp which were huge, flavorful and could not get any fresher. After a half pint of Purple Haze beer and some good conversation, our waitress Shannon brought out what honestly could have been the best flatbread I have ever tasted. The Diavolo marries roasted banana peppers, sweet red peppers, assorted cheeses, seasonings and olive oil. It had the perfect amount of kick and easily could have been a meal in itself. Next, Muscoli Scampi - delicious mussels sautéed in garlic infused olive oil and white wine. I honestly didn't take the time to savor, they were that good. The Snooty Steak is simply a perfectly prepared espresso rubbed filet topped with prosciutto and gorgonzola butter. The filet was just as tasty as any steak I have had from other local premier restaurants. In true Sicilian style, I wasn't done yet. If you love poultry, you must order the Almond Encrusted Chicken. Two giant marinated breasts encrusted with almonds, panko and Romano over garlic spinach angel hair pasta. I rarely order chicken when I dine out (especially when at an Italian / Sicilian restaurant), but as I will be visiting again soon, I can honestly say that it will be tough to not order this dish!
A visit to Snooty Fox would not be complete without one of the most popular specialties on the menu- the meatballs. I am half Italian, you would not know by my last name, and very picky when it comes to red sauce and meatballs. The meatballs at Snooty are the best- a family secret recipe served with ricotta and fresh bread for dipping. The sauce is perfect for those who prefer either a sweeter sauce or a pork-based sauce... it has great balance. To all you foodies out there, taste the food for yourself and feel free to come back to this post and share your eating experience. I loved the Purple Haze beer that accompanied the tasting, but SFL has an excellent wine selection that must not be ignored.
Snooty Fox Lounge is a labor of love. Sal Buscaglia pays enormous attention to detail and is proud of every miniscule facet of his business. For those of you who do not know how delicious the food is at Snooty - you're missing the good stuff. Trust me.
Mon-closed, Tues & Thur & Fri-4p - 4a, Wed 4pm-2am, Sat 6p-4a, Sun 9p-4a
Snooty Fox Lounge
445 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202