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Gigi's Cucina Povera aims Sicilian specialties, 'peasant cooking' at Buffalo's Italian diners

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Heading into its second week, Gigi's Cucina Povera (981 Kenmore Ave., Kenmore, 877-8788, gigiscucinapovera.com) has already broadened the definition of Buffalo Italian. Here's the menu.

Chef and owner Mary Ann Giordano, formerly of Williamsville's Creekview, has made a name for herself as a Sicilian specialist, reflected in her cookbook on favorite dishes of the St. Joseph's Day table. Her place, at the site of the former O'Connell's American Bistro and The Hourglass before that, opened for dinner on June 14. 

Fried cardoons ($8.95) and cauliflower froggia ($7.95), a sort of omelet, head a list of Sicilian-influenced dishes among the Italian classics on the menu. The 60-seat place might fill up as news spreads, especially on weekends, but you can make a reservation at 877-8788.

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