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First look: La Tavola bringing New Orleans Italian to Hertel

Here's a report chockablock with color photos from Ben Tsujimoto at Buffalo.com, who got the scoop on La Tavola (1458 Hertel Ave., 837-3267) the new Italian place on Hertel Avenue.

I know, I know, who'd expect another Italian place in Buffalo's Little Italy. But as Tsujimoto gets into the details, there are some surprises beyond the 100 percent wood fired oven.

Chef Chris Luccari "specializes in Creole-Italian-style after spending eight years as a chef in New Orleans," writes Tsujimoto. "You’ll see stronger hints of his 'Nawlins' touch on the dinner menu when it’s released."

That menu is expected to include dishes like barbecue shrimp linguine. As in New Orleans, "barbecued shrimp" does not mean K.C. Masterpiece or its cousin was applied; instead it's a spicy butter sauce, often spiked with Worcestershire and garlic.  

Check it out.

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