I just had a delightful dinner tonight at Trattoria Antichi Sapori, just off the Thruway exit 19 at the start of rt 28. It's located in a converted diner that is nestled amidst the Motel 19, not a great location, as I've watched a series of bad diners not make it in that building. They've only been open for about 2 months and I had stopped in once at lunch to check out the menu. The dishes are mainly northern Italian and very reasonably priced. A real family operation, the son is working the front and his mother is staffing the kitchen.
The bread is served with a dish of sundried tomato, anchovy, and fennel spread.
For an appetizer my wife and I shared an order of grilled baby octopus that was perfectly tender,quite underseasoned ( only needed a sprinkle of salt to come really alive ) on a nice bed of greens. My entree was a boned and stuff lamb shank with braised greens and pan roasted potatoes, very tasty home comfort food. My wife had a excellent seafood rissoto for $16. Even my vegan daughter was delighted with pasta with roasted veggies on top, really perfectly done.
We had glasses of a homemade chianti that were almost thick but still quite appealing.
Be sure to check out the desert menu, various homemade gelati, sorbets and other cool items. We shared a coppo spagnoli? that was homemade vanilla gelati swirled with sour cherrys.
I was really glad to see that this place is starting to be discovered, a great unpretentious family operation that really reminded me of Italy. Half the family that runs it is from Rome the other half from Palermo, the same mix as my wife.