Cugino's Italian Restaurant

4.5
155 reviews
$30 and under
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!
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4.6
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4.6
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4.6
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Krista
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cugino's Italian Restaurant was outstanding. The food was delicious, ambiance was lovely and service impeccable.

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NJDW
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We 4 had dinner on Valentine’s Day. None of us had ever been here before. The weather was awful; we also heard that two servers were out sick, and the bartender just never showed up.

That said, our server Linda was charming, funny, and terrific even if a bit overwrought. The very Italian chef himself (Frank!) came to us, chatted and took our orders, plus checked on us and everyone else later. Very sweet guy.

The food ranged from pretty good to really excellent. We’re definitely going back... Linda and Frank charmed all of us. 💙

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vipLuluD
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A busy Valentine's Day led to stressful vibes. After a bit of a wait things improved. Our server was as attentive as possible under the circumstances and thanked us heartily for a very good tip.

We finally tried the burrata, fig & prosciutto which was delicious! Same for my sea bass on risotto & my husband's filet mignon on polenta. Both chardonnays were apprecicated and reasonably priced. Go at a less busy time or day for a relaxing treat & a few words with Franco.

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Cariche
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went the Saturday before Valentine's day. Food was great. Felt very rushed though. We ordered drinks and 3 courses each from the kitchen. First course came right out. Second course came out while we were still eating our first course. Again, third course came out while we were still eating our second course. The staff had no time to resilver before the next course came out.... also, I wanted to order another drink but we were not asked, nor would we have time to enjoy it. We were an 8 o'clock reservation, the last seating. So there was no rush to squeeze another table in before the 10pm closing time. We were out of there in an hour. Our bill of $160 included 2 of the specials that were suggessted. The restaurant was nicely decorated, staff was nice and food was good. I am not sure if it was the timing of the server or kitchen staff, however we if ever go back I would make sure to mention we would like time between courses.

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TeresaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was extremely friendly and everyone in our party loved their entrees. Some of our selections were Chilean Sea Bass, Stuffed Chicken special, Pork Osso Buco, Lobster Ravioli and a Filet Mignon special. Everything was delicious. Loved the large selection on the menu and the restaurant had a nice, relaxing but elegant atmosphere.

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SL716
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Tha ambiance was nice, food was delicious and staff were friendly. The banana peppers were hot (wished it had more stuffing inside and not just at the opening of pepper). We were celebrating a birthday and the waitress brought over Tiramusi with a candle and told us it was on the house yet charged us?! Although the food was delicious, we didn't want to stay any longer because their music was too repetitive.
It was nice italian music including a number the nutcracker yet the songs were not played in its entirety and was on a loop the entire time! It became unbearable. I suggest they add more music to their playlist.

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GretaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a very nice place and the food was excellent. Our service was a tad slow, but it was NOT our server's fault. She appeared to be the only one working all of the tables by herself. We understood she was busy, but it would have been nice to have some help for her. The food was good, but the overall bill was on the expensive side. They had less expensive wines on their list that they didn't have in house... Then they suggested a more expensive bottle (by $15 more) instead. We will return for special occasions as the food was delicious and it appeared that they weren't expecting to be short handed.

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vipFredC
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Buffalo

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice but just a few suggestions, homemade bread delicious but not warm. If you serve homemade bread warm it up. Dipping sauce for bread to spicy. Serve oil too so if someone doesn’t like spice they have oil as a choice. Homemade pasta was very good.

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boatwhistle
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our food was excellent....we both had the Filet and Scallop special. The filet was huge and tender. We asked for medium rare and it came medium - we believe this was the server's error as she was a bit harried, they clearly had more business that evening than they anticipated. Fig and Burrata appetizer is always enjoyable.

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Amber
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful food! First visit, will return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious dinner here! We started with an appetizer of stuffed peppers. They were spicy and scrumptious ! The bread came with a slightly spicy dipping sauce. Next we had salads (which were non descript, yet tasty enough. We ordered chef specials for entrees. I had a stuffed chicken breast, while my husband had a steak filet. Both were amazing, good sized portions. Dessert for us was just a drink of home made lemoncilo! We will be back soon!!

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vipTonyP
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent! The owner/chef came to our table to see how everything was which is a nice touch. It was the first time but not the last time for us!

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SteveS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. All home made and great specials. Everything wonderful

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vipFredC
Atlanta
42 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the best of the best. Service is outstanding, food is fresh and tasty, drinks are made perfectly. I highly recommend Cugino. I’ll be back again and again.

Thank you

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vipfortheloveofbuffalo
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted warmly- tables nicely spaced apart. Our server was kind and helpful. All the food we ordered was delicious. Extensive wine list. Desserts were yummy. Chef/owner came to table to check on our satisfaction and bought us after dinner drinks. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. Food was amazing! Drinks were nice as well

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Professionaleater
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food.
As usual

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Nelson our server was awesome helping us celebrate our anniversary. This place is a true 💎 💎 💎!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lee fantastic love the meal love the experience great restaurant

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This was the second time I’ve eaten here. Food was pretty good but honestly not as good as I remember from when I was there last (maybe about 3-4 years ago), or maybe I just got a poor choice of dish for my own personal taste. Prices were much higher than I’m used to, but for a special occasion it was a nice splurge. We got a bottle of wine for the table that they make themselves and that was very good. We went there early to avoid the crowd and I’m glad we did. Amazing dining room and we basically had the place to ourselves. Very peaceful environment. Waitress was okay but a little pushy and seemed disappointed when we didn’t get salads or appetizers to keep the cost reasonable. Hostess was funny and very friendly. Overall I’m glad we went but not something for all the time unless you’ve got it like that.

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Supergirl
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
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 on 19 September 2020
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
18 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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vipddeuddeg
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at Cugino's is consistently high quality. The menu is extensive enough that we can always find something that appeals, and the specials are typically tempting. With a nice list of appetizers and salads, as well as the full plate meals, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to overeat. On our most recent visit, it was much busier than usual, yet the servers managed to enable us to enjoy a well-paced 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
19 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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Spike
New York Area
3 reviews
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
18 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
20 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
18 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.

FAQs

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 155 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.