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Allentown Pizza


There’s a new Buffalo-style pizza business opening at the corner of Allen and Elmwood. I spoke to co-owner Joe Mahiques who told me that he’s inspired by the recent success of Cantina Loco and is looking to emulate the same sort of vibe that he sees across the street. “This will not look like your typical pizzeria in town,” Joe told me. “It’s going to be warm and it’s going to have character. We want people to come in and sit down. It’s going have the same sort of appeal that you would have seen from a restaurant in the 30s and 40s… old school.”

The vegan and vegetarian crowd will be pleased to hear that Allentown Pizza will cater to them as well. “We’re going out of our way to make sure that the health-conscious crowd will have plenty of things to eat… we’re not just making pizza, we’re going to have wraps and other offerings to appeal to a wider audience. We’re making all of our own dough in-house, and we’re ordering the freshest ingredients. Allentown Pizza will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. We’re going to be open late too – 1am weekdays and 4am weekends. This is a family-run business. We want to be open mid August.”

With Jim’s SteakOut so close, Allentown Pizza is sure to land some spin-off business. Also, the crowd that formerly frequented NY Pizza will have another option close to the bar scene. I love the big windows where the activity inside will be visible from the street. This is the ‘most walkable’ corner in Buffalo, and also ranks nationally in the same category. It deserves to have lots of activity on a regular basis. I’m looking forward to this pizzeria generating the proper buzz that this corner building deserves.


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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  1. This is exactly what the area needs, but it a bigger space…A pizza plant esque style restaurant….Cozumel location would be ideal….I am sooo tired of the pizza, gross pick up and go style that is seen all over Elmwood and Allen….Just Pizza, Mister Pizza, Zettis(needs a much cleaner rest), Ginos….A friendly inviting space where people can get pizza, a beer , sit down and enjoy…..Good luck

  2. “Buffalo-style pizza” is really hit or miss.  I hope they can do well with this one.  Also, I assume this isn’t going to be like Vera and have a bar?
    Either way, it’s nice to know that that corner will no longer be an eyesore!

  3. I must of missed the article about Europa buying its own building on Connecticut street….Congrats to one of the coziest, coolest restaurants on Elmwood…..But….This just opens up one more eye sore on Elmwood and people have stated on here not to be worried about the vacant spaces on Elmwood…….???? EVA, the city of Buffalo….Someone do something about the continued vacancies along what is supposed to be the most vibrant neighborhoods in town….Ambrosia, Louies hot dogs, Mode, Noodle Bar, Europa, Cozumel…..embarrassing

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