Newest downtown restaurant set to open

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Newest downtown restaurant set to open

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM EDT

One of downtown Buffalo's newest restaurants, Osteria 166, has set a June 10 opening.

Osteria 166, set for the corner of Franklin and Mohawk streets just behind the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, is being run by local restaurant industry veteran Nick Pitillo. Osteria 166 is Pitillo's first restaurant.

Pitillo said Osteria 166 will be open for lunches, dinners, happy hours and be used as the base for the restaurant's catering operations, Menu items will focus on traditional Italian dishes - many featuring homemade pasta, speciality Italian sandwiches and salads. Daily specials will also be part of the menu offerings.

Among the specials: Italian pulled pork sandwiches and chicken lasagna.

Lunches will be key, with most meals served within 30 minutes or less.

Pitillo is leasing the space from Ellicott Development, who owns the building. The space has been home to a number of restaurants over the years including the former Bean Alley Cafe.

Osteria 166, which is Italian for pub or bar and 166 stands for its Franklin Street address, will seat 70 people including a private dining room.

Pitillo has spent that past eight years working for Seneca Gaming Corp. as department manager/training coordinator for food and beverage at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. He has also taught courses at Trocaire College on educating those in the restaurant industry how to identify and deal with intoxicated customers. He also serves as restaurant consultant for several area eateries and will continue in that role.