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Ilio DiPaolo鈥檚 Restaurant and Banquet Facility is a wedding venue located in Buffalo, New York. They have been serving hearty Italian meals since 1965. Their service, and comfortable atmosphere brings in customers, and their delicious food keeps them coming back. They work hard everyday to have 100% customer satisfaction.

Facilities and Capacity

Ilio DiPaolo鈥檚 Restaurant & Banquet has an eye for detail and strives to provide any accommodations you need. Their banquet hall is located in Blasdell, just minutes from downtown Buffalo. Their main banquet room can accommodate up to 275 guests. They also have smaller rooms more intimate weddings or rehearsal dinners. They recently expanded parking so that all your guests will easily find a spot.

Services Offered

Ilio DiPaolo鈥檚 gives you access to their professional banquet team services and established vendor-partners. Ilio DiPaolo鈥檚 has partnered with several banquet venues in Buffalo to provide catering and reception services. They offer catering services to Woodlawn Firehall, The Lake Erie Banquet Facility, The Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and The Lodge at Woodlawn Beach. Each of these locations have their own capacity. Ilio DiPaolo鈥檚 Restaurant and Banquet Facility can host your bridal shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Their complimentary catering service provides:

  • On-site professional wedding coordinator
  • Centerpieces for each table
  • Linens and napkins
  • China, silverware, glassware
  • PA System
  • Audio and visual capabilities with 8 foot screen
  • Air conditioned rooms

Ilio DiPaolo鈥檚 has enhancements including chair covers, chocolate fountain, photo booth, ice carvings, a candy buffet, and more. Their catering menu has family style, Italian deluxe, bar services and more available.


Ilio DiPaolo was born in Italy in 1926 and left in 1949 for Venezuela. While wrestling in Caracas he met the promoter of the wrestling alliance and the Madison Square Garden Arena, Tutz Mondt. He signed a contract to come wrestle in the States and arrived in 1951 in New York with his work visa. After meeting and marrying his wife, Ethel he traveled around the U.S. and other countries wrestling. Years and years later with several children, Ilio DiPaolo decided to settle down in Buffalo, New York to open a restaurant. He retired from his successful wrestling career in 1965 and opened a pizzeria the same year. They were successful and eventually expanded their business before Ilio DiPaolo passed away in 1995. He is currently in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Hall of Fame.

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Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors

What catering services do you offer?

Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres

What bar services do you provide?

Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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Jennifer L. Married on 08/20/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding On The Beach

We just got married at The Lodge @ Woodlawn Beach State Park and I can鈥檛 recommend it enough! Great location, beautiful inside area and bridal suite, outside woodsy area and beautiful beach with trellis. There was plenty of parking for guests and transportation to and from the ceremony to the lodge. The beach had a gorgeous view of the water for our ceremony. There was even some driftwood and a scenic spot right by the ceremony site to take pictures after. Truly my dream venue and I鈥檓 in love with it! Our wedding coordinator, Heather, was amazing and was so helpful the entire way through! She answered all my questions, came up with a timeline, worked our wedding the day of and even provided extra beach d茅cor for our buffet and orderves tables. She truly made our special day a memorable exceperience. They also work with a lot of great vendors and provided us with a list early on. Ilio DiPaolo's caters the reception which was devine. We chose the Italian buffet which was amazing! I picked the top shelf liquor package package and it did not disappoint. Leanne the ceremony coordinator was fabulous as well. She made our rehearsal run smooth and answered any questions we had to put our minds at ease the night before the wedding. Our server Nick was wonderful and efficient. Our bartender Tyler kept the drinks flowing all night long, conversing with guests, and making sure I had a drink at all times with a smile on his face. I absolutely loved that they packed up all of our stuff in our totes after the wedding was over and we were allowed to come pick up our things the next day and it didn't have to be super early which was fabulous! A big thank you to all involved for making our wedding day so magical!!
Elissa Married on 08/05/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Staff!

Ilio's catered our wedding at Woodlawn Beach. I worked with Dorothy on what type of food I wanted, how I wanted the room set up, linens, etc. She was amazing and truly knew what the best options would be for what we were looking for. She was incredibly helpful and responsive throughout the whole process. The day of Heather and her staff were on point! They made some great quick decisions, since it was too hot to have the food and dance floor outside. The service they provided was impecible! The bartenders and wait staff were super nice and very attentive!
Leah Married on 10/09/2015
5 out of 5 rating
Ilio's was absolutely great. The staff was phenomenal and the food was fantastic. My husband and I had a less traditional wedding, we had our reception right there followed by hours devours and an open bar. The food was enough to basically act like a buffet dinner and the staff was so attentive. It was exactly the vibe my husband and I were looking for for our day.
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