The 2020 Giving Guide is a unique blend of independently owned and operated businesses in a variety of industries, such as retail, food, dining, arts, non-profit, and more, all designed to encourage WNY residents to #shoplocal. Sponsored by Visit Buffalo Niagara and Erie County, the 2020 guide includes 25 locally-owned and operated businesses throughout the region. Click here to view the 2020 Giving Guide.
Life is a combination of magic and pasta. -Federico Fellini
Everyone loves Italian food. Whether it’s a delicious chicken Marsala, veal parmigiana, lasagna, grilled branzino or a humble plate of spaghetti. When done right, Italian food warms our bellies and feeds our souls. Ristorante Lombardo not only does it right, but does it in an elegant way that’s perfect for celebrating special occasions or just a night out with family and friends and has been for 45 years.
In the spring of 1975, at the age of 21, Thomas J. Lombardo Jr. opened the doors of what was then known simply as Lombardo’s with his Father Thomas J. Lombardo Sr. Tom Jr. and his father, quickly established the restaurant as a local watering hole and a place for great Italian-American fare that featured well known, albeit ubiquitous, dishes such as stuffed shells and meatballs. Starting in the 90’s, Tom and his wife Donna began what would become a lifetime of regular trips to Italy, finding inspiration that has spurred the evolution of Ristorante Lombardo into the restaurant you see today. Tom continues to stay very active in the Western New York community, working with various charities and organizations to strengthen the region and the communities we live in, including Dining Out for Life and Hospice’s “A Dinner to Remember.”
Ristorante Lombardo offers a great selection of Italian food, from their wood fired pizzas and antipasti, like seared scallops and calamari, to their pasti like rigatoni and tagliatelle bolognese, to their braised short ribs and branzino and desserts like tiramisu. By the time your meal has ended, you’ll feel like you’ve eaten a traditional Italian meal in one of Italy’s fine dining hotspots.
COVID restrictions have caused Lombardo’s to adjust. They offer some great options for takeout from their already mouthwatering menu. They also offer Cook At Home Pasta kits with everything you need to make their delicious pasta dishes in the comfort of your home. They are offering discounts on takeout as well as their wine list. If you’d rather wait until things open up again, we strongly recommend buying a gift card, not only will you be helping them get through this, but 30% of all gift card sales will go directly to their laid off staff! We recommend placing an order to take out and snagging a gift card as a gift.
This season we challenge WNY to shop and dine local, and help preserve all the businesses that make Erie County and WNY a unique and diverse place to live. While shopping, feel free to snap a photo of the shop, location, products, or yourself and use the tags, #shop716challenge | #dine716challenge
The Erie County Business Task Force recently launched the Shop716 card, an electronic gift card which can be used at any participating store or restaurant. To purchase an egift card and to check out participating locations, visit their website.