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Carmelo's Seasonal, Local Cuisine is Worth the Drive | Restaurants

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Carmelo's Seasonal, Local Cuisine is Worth the Drive
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Carmelo's Seasonal, Local Cuisine is Worth the Drive

Carmelo’s is a relatively small restaurant, located in Lewiston, that is only open for dinner (5pm to 10) Tuesday through Saturday and has a seasonal menu that changes frequently to focus on local, fresh ingredients. It has been incredibly high on our ‘wish list’ for years now and is very well respected and adored by pretty much everyone we know in Buffalo’s food community. We visited the restaurant with my in-laws and had an absolutely fantastic meal; we tried a little bit of everything and even saved room for dessert (a rarity for us).

Before we even sat down at our table, we knew that we were going to order some charcuterie. After getting to know Carmelo’s Sous Chef Bruce Wieszala and learning about (and enjoying the spoils of) his love of the craft of charcuterie (which you can also get at Nickel City Cheese), it was obvious we’d be starting our meal off with some of his handiwork. We ordered their capicola, mortadella (fancy bologna), pork rillete, lamb liver patte and a creamy cheese that we can’t remember the name of (sorry, sometimes we forget to write everything down). The pork rillete was a big table favorite, creamy with a subtle pork flavor that went great with the house bread and crostini that came with our order. The capicola had a strong, rich flavor with a good amount of fat that just melted away with each bite, and the homemade bread and butter pickles were an unexpected favorite as well. (The pig cutting board that the charcuterie came out on was an awesome touch and Alli is now on a mission to find one for our kitchen).

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