By Andrew Z. Galarneau
Dan Gagliardo is expanding D’Avolio Kitchen’s lunch operations from Williamsville into downtown Buffalo.
Five D’Avolio outlets already offer vinegars, oils, salts and other imported ingredients from the Galleria to Elmwood Avenue. The Main Street Williamsville location started lunch service in 2012, with pizzas, salads, antipasti and sandwiches made to order.
That quick-serve lunch menu will be presented at 535 Main St., near the Hyatt, with a planned opening of June 1, Gagliardo said.
The 2,000 square foot place will have seating for 49, he said. It’ll offer the retail oil, vinegars and such, but also toss a quick-serve Italian offering into the competitive downtown lunch arena.
Diners can order their lunch by selecting their own salad and pizza toppings by iPad and transmitting the order to the kitchen. Or they can bring their order form to the counter, and either way servers will deliver the food. Food in 10 minutes is the goal, he said. Salads, sandwiches and antipasti are $9.95, and 12-inch square Roman style pizzas are $10.95
He’ll seek a beer and wine license, but will open without it, Gagliardo said. He’s bought the former Palace of Dosas building, 656 Millersport Highway, Amherst, to use as a commissary for now. That building might eventually be a retail location as well, but will remain the D’Avolio home base kitchen for now.
“Our vegetables are made fresh that day, and our rolls are made fresh,” he said. If we run out, we run out,” Gagliardo said. “Everything from sauces to sausage is homemade.”
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