About Buffo Ristorante
Buffo Ristorante is the newest Calgary restaurant by Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, the team behind The Guild, Sub Rosa and Hudson. Housed within Saks Fifth Avenue at CF Chinook Centre, Buffo serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as weekend brunch.
Celebrating the simplicity and generosity of Italian cooking, Buffo honours traditional recipes and old-world cooking techniques. Crafted by Chef Michel Nop, Buffos’ menus feature timeless classics showcasing quality ingredients, from soul-satisfying pizzas and handmade pastas, to local meats and seafood. Old-school favourites like Napoli pizza, linguine carbonara and chicken Parmesan are all made from scratch. The menu also encourages sharing with its wide selection of antipasti, including plenty of charcuterie, salads and bruschetta. Parents can rest easy with Buffo’s Bambino menu, which offers kiddo-friendly dishes like Parmesan chicken fingers and pepperoni pizza. Desserts, including a flourless chocolate cake and tiramisu cannoli, are not to be missed!
Buffo’s contemporary and comfortable atmosphere is seasoned with unique and playful touches throughout, lending itself to any occasion. In addition to a large, energetic dining room and a cool, intimate bar, Buffo features two large private dining rooms that are perfect for celebrations among family and friends.
Chef de Cuisine
Growing up in Paris, France, Michel Nop was immersed in the food world from a young age. His parents ran a restaurant and cooked nearly every meal at home. By the time he was 14, Michel knew he was destined to become a chef.
Michel trained at several bistros and clubs across France and the U.K. before moving to Calgary in 2006. After a stint as Chef de Partie at Teatro Ristorante, Michel decided to return to Paris to cook at Michelin-starred restaurants under renowned French chefs Alain Ducasse and Alain Senderens.
In 2011, Michel found himself back in Calgary, where he helped open Cassis Bistro as Chef de Cuisine. The restaurant quickly earned acclaim for its farm-to-fork Southern French fare and was named “Best New Restaurant” by The Calgary Herald. In 2014, Michel was hired as Chef de Cuisine of Chef’s Table, where he spent more than two years creating artful and seasonally inspired French dishes. His work received many accolades from local media and helped secure the restaurant a coveted membership with Relais & Châteaux, as well as four diamonds from CAA/AAA. After winning the bronze medal at the 2016 Gold Medal Plates, Michel joined celebrated chefs Duncan Ly and Jinhee Lee to open Foreign Concept, which instantly gained recognition for its modern Asian fusion.
Now, as Chef de Cuisine of Buffo Ristorante, Michel honours traditional Italian recipes and old world cooking techniques. Whether he is simmering a classic homemade tomato sauce, or kneading a silky, delicate pasta dough, Michel is dedicated to preparing soul-satisfying dishes using the best ingredients. Above all, Chef Michel’s mission is to delight his guests with the simplicity and generosity of Italian cooking.