Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Amaretto Italian Bistro in Williamsville.
Amaretto offers plentiful lunch and dinner menus fully stocked with edible options. Crispy calamari ($7.95) is always fun to share with friends, and Amaretto's platters come with whole-grain mustard aioli, so you can even present a golden ring to your partner without breaking the bank or chipping a tooth. For a lighter meal launch, opt for a fresh-tossed Caesar salad ($6.95) or a fennel-orange salad, a delightful mix of sliced citrus, shaved fennel, red onion, and roasted coriander vinaigrette ($7.95). The bistro's pasta selection covers every inch of the comforting classics, including spaghetti and meatballs ($14.95), fettuccini alfredo ($13.95), and herbivore-friendly penne primavera with sautéed market veggies ($14.95). For a heartier helping, try a plate of grilled shrimp with sweet-pea risotto and tomato bisque ($22.95) or the NY strip steak, aged for 21 days until it is mature enough to hang with horseradish-mashed taters and black-truffle essence without making jokes about long teeth or fungi faces ($24.95).
Foodies aren’t the only ones who can find what they're looking for in Amaretto's clean, cozy interior. Wine aficionados and temporally displaced Bacchus-worshippers can also go wild by pairing their bites with sips from the impressive drink list. Turn a casual lunch date into a romantic rendezvous by splitting a couple of toasty paninis ($9.95–$11.95) and a bottle of red ($21–$39 for a bottle). Alternately, order a couple glasses of white ($5–$6 per glass) to prevent irrevocable staining, should one of your jokes or off-putting monologues interrupt your dining partner's sip with a spit take. Call ahead to make a reservation.
- …despite familiar names bore little resemblance to the line-assembled dishes served elsewhere. Each plate was the product of obvious individual attention. – Buffalo Chow
- Excellent service! Food was unbelievably FANTASTIC!! This is a place we will return to again & again & again! – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 8/13/10
Amaretto Bistro produces a menu of Italian-centric dishes that feature rich and simple ingredients. Housemade venison link sausage and mussels seasoned with white wine and butter serve as preludes to Amaretto's entrees, which include fresh pastas, seafood, and steak such as the bone-in rib eye with radish-chive compound butter. For lighter fare, the kitchen churns out goat-cheese salad tossed with green-apple and raspberry-chianti vinaigrette.