Restaurant: Santasiero’s, Buffalo NY – Pasta Fazool, beautiful Italian beans

Santasiero's pasta fazool, italian restaurants, buffalo new york, One Big Kitchen

Favas and chickpeas at their humble best

When the stars make you drool

just like pasta fazool,

that’s amore

- Dean Martin

How many times to you have to order a dish in different restaurants, and be handed a plate full of disappointment, before you decide it’s a loser?

My number’s around four or five, and that’s how many times the Italian comfort classic pasta fazool (also known as pasta fagioli, pasta with beans) left me shrugging. Usually it was souplike, bland, with the beans cooked until some fell apart.

Then a friend dragged me to Santasiero’s, at 1329 Niagara St. “Try half an order,” he said. “You get the full and it’s hard to walk.”

pasta fazool, fava beans, chickpeas and pasta, Santasiero's Italian Restaurant, Buffalo New York, One Big Kitchen
Unadorned simplicity

So for $5, the server plunks down a bowl of beans in chicken broth and pasta. A basket of bread and butter. Sauteed peppers come on another plate. The fava beans and chickpeas are smooth but firm inside, not disintegrating. The peppers are soft and spicy in warm oil.

The beans are mild, and I reached for the cheese and chile flakes, which is when it really started singing.

pasta fazool, fava beans, chickpeas and pasta, Santasiero's Italian Restaurant, Buffalo New York, One Big Kitchen

So that’s what started Ol’ Deano crooning. I get it now.

2 Responses to “Restaurant: Santasiero’s, Buffalo NY – Pasta Fazool, beautiful Italian beans”

  1. I have that tablecloth! With chickens all over it. Very funny to see it on your site. Say “Hi” to Kathy for me.
    Silvia

  2. I haven’t been to Santasiero’s in ages. Thanks for reminding me about the best Italian joint in Buffalo! They also serve the best eggplant parm in town.