Exploring the History of One of Our Favorite Condiments: Buffalo Sauce

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If you enjoy hot and tangy sauces, then chances are you’ve probably reached for Buffalo sauce to accompany some of your favorite foods. But have you ever wondered how this sauce came to be? Join us this month as one of your favorite Nashua restaurants explores the origins of one of the nation’s most famous condiments, along with some fun facts!

The Anchor Bar Legacy

The story begins in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, owned by Teressa Bellissimo and her husband Frank. Legend has it that late one night, Teressa needed a quick and tasty snack for her son Dominic and his friends. With limited ingredients on hand, she improvised by deep-frying some leftover chicken wings and tossing them in a concoction of hot sauce, melted butter, and secret spices.

A Symphony of Flavors

The classic Buffalo sauce recipe consists of a simple combination of hot sauce, butter, and a few other secret ingredients. The signature heat of the sauce comes from cayenne peppers, giving it that distinctive kick that keeps people coming back for more.

Wings Take Flight: Buffalo Sauce’s Spread Across the Nation

The resulting dish was an instant hit. Teressa’s creation, initially intended as a simple midnight snack, evolved into what we now know as Buffalo wings. The combination of crispy fried wings and the spicy, tangy sauce proved to be a winning formula among many, and still to this day!

Soon enough, Buffalo wings quickly gained popularity locally and eventually spread like wildfire across the United States. The combination of crispy wings and the bold flavors of Buffalo sauce became a staple at bars, restaurants, and parties, especially during sporting events. 

Fun Facts

  • Buffalo, New York, hosts an annual National Buffalo Wing Festival, where enthusiasts worldwide gather to celebrate and indulge in various wing flavors.
  • Some places host spicy food contests, challenging participants to consume exceptionally hot Buffalo wings for fame and, in some cases, prizes. It’s not for the faint of heart!
  • Buffalo sauce has inspired a myriad of variations, each with its unique twist. From honey-glazed Buffalo wings to mango-infused Buffalo sauce, chefs and home cooks alike continue to experiment with different flavors to create new and exciting combinations.


Soprano’s Pizza | Nashua Restaurants

Whether you’re craving buffalo wings for dinner or some pizza for the family, rest assured we can settle your cravings here at Soprano’s Pizza, one of your favorite Nashua restaurants. To discover all of our menu options, check out our online menu or stop in and dine with us today!


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