Cugino's Italian Restaurant

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133 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cugino’s Italian Restaurant in Williamsville, New York offers contemporary Northern Italian cuisine. We offer lunch and dinner along with daily specials. Cugino’s Italian Restaurant offer an elegant, dining atmosphere along with a wine bar. Stop in today or make a reservation!
What 133 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
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Supergirl
New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with friends... restaurant followed all Covid protocols. Food was delicious; confusion over pasta side was rectified immediately; dessert yummy as well! We love this restaurant

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FrankTempleton1
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in western New York, and easily a top pick overall. Everything was wonderful- servers, chef/owner- so nice. And the food - wow! Pricier than many Italian restaurants, but worth every penny!

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vipJayette
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go here al least every other month, the food is always amazing, all the pasta is made in house by Frank and I have never been disappointed. This is a beautiful white tablecloth restaurant and not white table cloth with paper or plastic over the top.

Wonderful, Elegant and always a terrific meal. :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cugino’s makes you feel like part of the family! The food is amazing and the service is great. My pasta was a little too salty but everything else was great! We will be back for sure!

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vipddeuddeg
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

As always, the food was wonderful. Service was leisurely, allowing us to relax and enjoy the meal. It was great to have a chance to eat there again, after so many restaurants had been forced to close for several months.

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Supergirl
New England
19 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious meal this past Saturday. Food was excellent... service great! Restaurant followed all safety protocols. The chef even treated us to an after dessert orange limoncello.

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vipjohnh
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A find to those whose find it. Quietly a missed opportunity for too many in the local Buffalo dining experience

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ThomasP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, reasonable prices. Service by the owner

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RichardL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Food was good, but my husband and me spent the night in the bathroom with upset stomachs! Apparently they must use some sort of additives in food to effect both of us. The owner/manager is very hard to understand, speaks with a very heavy accent. Also he was not really friendly, talked to people that he knew, and kind of ignored us. Also, I ordered a SWEET ice tea, he brought unsweetened, and when I said this isn’t sweet, he said put sugar in it! REALLY!? I don’t think we will return....

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vipJayette
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is so wonderful and elegant I wish I lived closer

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vipjiminbuf
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The room is very nice. The service was excellent. The food was so, so. The strangest bread was served. It appeared to be homemade, but was very dense and very unbreadlike. However, the first course was excellent - fried calamari. The pasta course was very strange - Home Made Spaghetti a La Vodka. The spaghetti was cut into very short strands, nothing like I've seen before. Desert was a selection of gelati. I can only describe them as containing strands.

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EnzaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really had a lovely dinner and very much enjoyed meeting Frank and his staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We actually didn’t even dine. Walked in a was passed over by the couple BEHIND us. Not acknowledged at all and hist took a very long time to return. Was not a welcoming environment at all. Will NOT return. Hope it had nothing to do with my interracial marriage. Went to Salvatores.

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SusanB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We went on Valentine's Day, which is about the worst day in the year to try a new restaurant; but it was great! I had scallops, hubby had fish special and both were very good. Not much in the way of ambiance, just an open seating area, but had plenty of space between the tables, didn't feel like we were eating on top of strangers or that we had to be aware of their conversations! Will go again!

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Joshk716
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice italian restaurant in Williamsville. Menu was plentiful as were the portions. All employees were phenomenal. Will definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service! Will definitely go back!!

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Phil
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is in my opinion, a little known phenomenal restaurant that is Italian cuisine based. The owner, Frank, is very helpful, very considerate, and has a engaging menu that is diverse enough to appeal to all tastes. I especially liked it because I did not feel I had to shout over music or had to deal with tables being too close so that I was literally involved in discussions from other tables like in other restaurants. The staff was very helpful, the wine was very good and the night was totally enjoyable.

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Cdbue
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place.

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JamesM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you are looking for true homemade Northern Italian cuisine and you like personal attention and service, please do yourself a favor and try Cugino's. This is a quiet, ambient restaurant, ideal for a romantic dinner. Everything we ate was wonderful, and this a rare place that makes risotto properly. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always amazing at Cugino’s. Great service, great food! Best restaurant in the area.

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MaryMili213
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you want to have a truly amazing experience with incredible food and the most attentive and friendly service ever, you have to head to Cugino’s. It’s more than a meal- it’s a fantastic celebration of great food and great hosts and you won’t regret it.

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PaulC
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service are excellent. Pleasant atmosphere, delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This might be the best food I ever ate. The Gnocchi with the wild mushroom sauce is amazing. But the best part is the dessert. The Semifreddo specifically.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant

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TomR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We heard varying opions from friends so we decided to try it ourselves. We invited two close friends for a quite evening out. The service, atmosphere, food and wine in our opinions were all supurb. Thank you Gugino’s for the pleasant evening.

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lisaleslie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

It was a Monday night around 730 and the place was pretty empty. We got a wonderful greeting as we walked in to the restaurant. We had a reservation and felt very welcomed. The place itself is nice, pleasant. We each had a glass of the house wine, my husband had the red and I had the white. His red wine was very good and my white wine was acceptable. I ordered the house made lobster ravioli and he had the pork tenderloin Marsala. On the website there is a picture of the lobster ravioli. The dish I was served looked nothing like the illustration, nor was it something I would serve to anyone. The portion was generous probably six ravioli. The noodle itself was gummy and did not taste in the least like any fresh pasta I’ve ever had. The filling consisted of ricotta cheese and possibly egg. There was no lobster to be found. It did taste like it may have been cooked in a seafood stock. The sauce of which there was hardly any was a red sauce and it was very, very dry and tasteless. It didn’t match the description of being a tomato cream sauce with crispy basil. There was no basil. There was no cream. There was no lobster.I have had much better ravioli than this even from the freezer. I ate one and left the rest. The waiter, who I believe was also the owner, just took the plates away and didn’t ask. I would normally comment, but this evening we had to leave and do other things and I didn’t feel like getting into a discussion about what was obviously a seriously poor dish. The pork tenderloin Marsala was decent, although the pasta that came with that was very very chewy did not taste like fresh pasta. I found the food extremely disappointing and my husbands was marginal. I don’t know if this was an off night or not but I will not go back to find out. I have to say it’s one of the poorest meals I’ve ever paid to have.

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LindaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

People are SUPER friendly and courteous. Husband had the pork osso bucco and he loved it. I had the bolognese. Could have been hotter, also a little dry. But lots of flavor and I hate the whole thing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was restaurant week. Cugino’s had a special menu. Very good deal. I had the chicken parmigiana with Caesar salad, Chianti and tiramisu. The salad was over the top. All 4 of us were raving about it. Chicken parmigiana with homemade pasta and sauce was the best. I truly enjoyed the dessert and the Chianti.

Service- perfect. Very attentive.
Quality - excellent
Value- excellent
Ambience - good. It was quiet, I like that. Decor was a little on the plain side, but that’s okay. Food more than makes up for it.

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DeeDee230
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

After hearing so many good things we were all looking forward to dining at Cugino's. Very disappointing. It was restaurant week and this is the time to "woo" new customers! Beet salad was a plate of arugala with ONE (seriously) sliced beet cut in half. Dressing was almost non existent. Bread was an odd square of very thinly sliced dry bread with some sort of spicy hot spread. Linguini and clam sauce only had 5 or 6 clams and was luke warm and very bland. Two of the diners at our table ordered Bolognese which was flavorful but again, both meals were only luke warm and the pasta was thick & pasty. There was a mix-up in the kitchen and the 4th diner's meal of chicken parmesan came out late (but was the star of all 4 dinners and the only one which was hot!). Tiramisu was excellent. We had to ask for coffee which was also just luke warm and the server never came back to ask if we wanted refills. My suggestion would be do not participate in restaurant week unless you are prepared to serve at a top notch level and impress customers. Lovely restaurant but very poor first experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Buffalo. The food is amazing, the owner and his staff are just outstanding. They make you feel like family! We go back here over and over again. Love them!

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Jfbuf
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

Nice place, service overdone. Went on Saturday night @ 6:30 & the place was almost empty except for 2 other tables. This place is masquerading as an Italian restaurant, it's not. I could go on about why but I won't. I will say that there are many wonderful Italian restaurants in the area that are authentic & more reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service! We will definitely be back soon!

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vipWinston
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Very disappointed. We dine here often and this was our worst experience. Pasta and vegetables were badly over cooked. However, the service was excellent as usual. Was the owner out of town a factor? Could be.

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AlP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Our waitress was so nice and attentive. The food was good. It was a little odd for us as we were literally the on 2 people in the restaurant for a 7:30 Saturday evening reservation, not another person entered.

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laureng
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a find! The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. I cannot wait to return.

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vipWonderful
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Classy, sophisticated atmosphere. Quiet & great for conversation. Nice change!

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vipPatriciaD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always had a fantastic meal, nice choice of specials. Portion sizes are just right.
Pleasant servers and a gracious and friendly proprietor. A nice change from the too many
noisy restaurants around town.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely dining room bright and clean
Food delicious
All staff wonderful
Price very fair !

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MarleneP
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and restaurant are impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and will return.

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Cugino's Italian Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (716) 633-8432.

Cugino's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 133 OpenTable diners.

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