by Doug Sitler

brodo1One of my favorite activities in Buffalo is attending a Friday evening art opening and then enjoy a nice dinner in one of the city’s amazing restaurants.

Last Friday I did exactly that, as I grabbed my friend and we headed over to the new Burchfield Penney Art Center for the opening of the intriguingly-titled “20,000 Crickets” exhibition. The arts center was abuzz with hundreds of art patrons sifting through the incredible gallery space – a scene that emphatically states that Buffalo is a major arts city. While there are numerous exhibits simultaneously hanging in the center at any one time, last week’s event was to celebrate the opening of “20,000 Crickets” – an interesting, walk-through installation that brings you into undetected world of bugs.

After the Burchfield Penney opening, we traveled down Elmwood Avenue to a cozy little restaurant called Brodo. We sat at a table in the raised section of the restaurant, which gave us a vantage point over-looking the colorfully decorated establishment. I heard from friends this place was known for their soup, but we elected to go another route. From the appetizer of Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Asiago on a Toasted Pita, to our entrees of Pan Seared Salmon and Filet Mignon, the food was delicious. The dinner was accompanied with a bottle of Red Hook Shiraz and a waiter who was attentive, but not overbearing. If you are looking for a quiet dining experience, filled with delectable offerings, Brodo on Elmwood Avenue is certainly a place worth visiting.

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