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Como Offering Up More Than Just Great Italian Food

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By: Tony Farina

The iconic Como Restaurant on Pine Ave. in Niagara Falls, founded in 1927 by Frank Antonacci, is still serving up the outstanding old-world Italian cuisine that has made it famous, and guests from near and far stop by to enjoy a meal and the warm and friendly service that goes with it, courtesy of the Antonacci and Colucci families who still treat guests like visiting royalty.

The Como, at 2220 Pine Ave., recently expanded its brand with a new deli on Center Street in Lewiston which opened last month and is packing them in, according to Dominic Colucci , Jr., who along with his son Dominic III and Louis Antonacci have helped the little gem get off to a terrific start.

But while the new deli and its adjacent patio are drawing rave reviews, the original Como is still a favorite for many locals and out-of-town guests as the tourist season begins to unwind.  We want to just mention a few of the special events that are coming up at the “old” Como on Pine Ave.

Let’s start with the man known for singing Sinatra throughout the area, the well-known and popular Jack Civiletto who will be performing at the Como on Friday, May 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For fans of old Blue Eyes, and there are many of us still around, it will be a terrific way to remember our youth as only a Sinatra song can do.  Just ask Mario and Frank Antonacci!  Stop in the bar and enjoy the stories these two could tell you about Sinatra, Niagara Falls, or just about anything else you want to talk about at the Como bar.



Next, of course, is Mother’s Day on May 12 when you can take mom to brunch at the Como and follow that up later with dinner with family and friends, a Mother’s Day to remember.  All of this, of course, comes with great appetizers, soups, sauce, and whatever else you might fancy in the food department.

And of course, for the wine lovers, there’s the Wine & Soppressata night on May 15 beginning at 6 p.m., where the winning homemade wine makers will be honored with trophies after the contest is judged.

All this and spaghetti and meatballs, too.  How can a hungry soul, Italian or not, pass up these special events as part of the Como experience in the coming season? A world where elegance and fine dining is still number one on the menu!

I’ll probably see you there as this reporter has a fondness for fine Italian food from eating my mother’s cooking for so long.  She was the best, of course, but the Como serves up a tasty dish that warms the heart and satisfies the palate.  Lest I forget, there’s also a Como at the Airport if you’re looking for the traditional charm of the Como in LaSalle!

Good dining to all!


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