by Karen Huefner

ceceliasThis past Tuesday I grabbed a friend and headed out to Cecelia’s Ristorante in the Elmwood Village. Cecelia’s, known for their martinis and stuffed banana peppers among other things, is a favorite summertime hangout thanks to their roomy patio overlooking the trendy Elmwood Avenue. But on a chilly January evening, their Dinner for Two Tuesdays lured me in. The deal is a drink of your choice from the bar for each of you (that means one of their famous martinis or glass of wine), an appetizer or salad for each and an entrée off their regular menu for each of you…all for $39.99 plus tax and gratuity. There is a minimal amount of entrees that are not part of the promotion, but the best of the best is still left as options. Twenty bucks for such a bundle of Italian goodness is incredible.

After our glasses of wine arrived at our toasty corner table, we decided on the Stuffed Banana Peppers (obviously) and their Caesar salad. The banana peppers are to die for. I first sampled them at Cecelia’s booth at the Taste of Buffalo a few years back over a July weekend and knew I’d have to check out the restaurant for what else they had on the menu. The Caesar salad was the perfect portion too so we didn’t fill up before our entrees appeared. Ten minutes later, what an entrance our entrees made! We ordered the Chicken Bruschetta and the Taste of Italy. I assure you these two selections will never let you down. Dave Barbara, the owner, won’t let it happen either that’s for sure.

Cecelia’s also boasts Midnight Martini Madness on Friday nights starting at 11pm and Live Jazz from 7-10pm on Thursdays. The Elmwood Village is full of quaint shops, trendy bars and great restaurants. Eat up Elmwood anytime!