Depew, NY

Homestyle Goodness at La Costa Verde

J.M. Lesinski
A shot of the front of La Costa Verde restaurant in Depew, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

For the best in homestyle pasta and Italian classics, everyone in Depew, New York knows to go to La Costa Verde. The core three pastas to choose from are ziti, linguini, or spaghetti. The menu selection process for these three staples works off the sauce desired. There’s spaghetti sauce, meat sauce, diavolo sauce, marinara sauce, or mushroom sauce to choose from, with meatballs averaging about two bucks extra.

There are more specific pasta dishes for those less inclined to design their own. The linguini with garlic and oil is exceptional, as is the linguine with clam sauce. The fettuccini alfredo is an excellent interpretation of the classic dish, as are the tortellini alfredo and ravioli alfredo dishes.

“The lasagna is probably my favorite dish,” said local Buffalo resident Kelly Flynn. “The layers of flavor are all there, you can really tell it is homemade. I love the stuffed shells too. They are always so satisfying to slice your fork through. Absolutely delicious.”

The baked specials are all homemade and smothered in mozzarella with tomato sauce. The lasagna is bursting with hearty, roasted beef and three blends of cheeses. The baked ziti is another classic, available in a ricotta cheese option as well. The stuffed shells are some of the best in Western New York.

No Italian restaurant is complete without pizza. The pies at La Costa Verde come in New York or Sicilian style, with amazing takes on classics like the White, the Works, and the hot and tangy Chicken Finger pizza. Combine a pie and some wings to have a classic Buffalo-style dinner.

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