New: The New School DiTondo is Absolutely Killing the Weekday Lunch Game

Nov 19, 2021 156

BY: Brett Llenos Smith

For more than a century, a restaurant known as DiTondo’s has sat on Seneca Street in Buffalo, at a literal crossroads between downtown and Larkinville. After changing ownership in 2018, undergoing renovations and making it through a global pandemic, the restaurant is now at a figurative crossroads. New owners Rita DiTondo and her husband Fabio Consonni have relaunched DiTondo’s as DiTondo — featuring a more open space, new menu and updated concept.

In 2018, then-owners Al and Rosemary Rohloff announced they were retiring from the restaurant business after 35 years of operations, and putting the building up for sale. Enter Rita DiTondo, the great-granddaughter of Sebastino DiTondo, who founded the restaurant in 1904. After purchasing the building along with her father John DiTondo, Rita and her husband leveraged their own professional culinary backgrounds to update the old building and restaurant.

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