BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - Tappo Restaurant, near downtown Buffalo's theater district, is located in a once-vacant building that was unused for decades.
It's owned by Buffalo developer Rocco Termini.
"I think what you need downtown is restaurants, now that we have people down here. We need a place for them to go every night," Termini explained, "I thought if you have a restaurant here priced right, food and wine priced right, I thought it would be a hit."
Tappo offers Italian dishes at affordable prices and any bottle of wine - red or white - is priced at only $15. Termini calls this "cheap chic" dining.
The building has been transformed to even include roof-top patio dining.
Former Sabre Derek Smith was dining at Tappo recently with his family. "When they first told me where it was I couldn't find it, I didn't know where to go. When we finally got here it was great," Smith said.
Tappo Chef Phil Lamini explained his vision of the menu, "We wanted to do a nice Italian-American thing that is like the families of Rocco and myself grew up eating. Nothing real crazy, nothing super pretentious, not re-inventing the wheel."
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