Cozy and urbane, this contemporary Italian American restaurant and wine bar offers everything from pizza and pasta to fresh seafood and steak. Good bets include pan-roasted mussels, zesty grilled salmon, and the savoriest version of Italian wedding soup this side of Nonna's kitchen.
Unless your mama is from Naples, well wager that the meals you serve arent nearly half as good as Valerios rustic, unpretentious food. And we doubt that you employ a staff of tall, slender waiters, who roam the room like dashing exclamation points. All-Italian wine list.
Boasting one of the very few wood-burning ovens in town, Vero turns out some of the most authentic Neapolitan-style pizza around. Owner Marc-Aurele Buholzer inherited the oven — and the space — from the previous tenant, La Gelateria. The gelato is the same, but the pizza is much improved. An airy, chewy edge blistered with char gives way to a thin, crisp inner crust supporting a few choice ingredients. These pies are meant to be enjoyed fresh from the oven.
This splashy pan-Asian bistro saves West Siders the hassle of heading to AsiaTown for their stir-fry fix. Granted, the dishes lack the authenticity and complexity of the real McCoy, but that's the price we pay for convenience. The sweeping menu touches on the cuisines of Thailand, China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. In addition to sushi and sashimi, there are Thai salads, Chinese staples, Vietnamese noodle soups and Korean barbecue. Beer, wine, sake and cocktails available. Large patio with alfresco bar.
Don't let the plain decor fool you: All the excitement you need waits on your plate at this no-nonsense Mexican restaurant, starting with the first tongue-tingling taste of the table salsa and ending with the last bite of the soft, caramely cajeta for dessert. Other faves include homemade guacamole and some of the best chiles rellenos north of the Rio Grande. Full bar, good selection of Mexican beers and tequilas.
Vincenza's serves what we'll wager is downtown's best pizza: massive wedges of savory goodness, fragrant with tasty ingredients. We are especially partial to the veggie-stuffed pizza, with mushrooms, broccoli, tomato, and essence of garlic; for a change of pace, try the to-die-for hot and crusty veggie sub. Counter service and plenty of tables in a clean, efficiently operated space that opens onto the Colonial Arcade.
Featuring 32 bottles in two Winestation Islands, Vine Bar is the 1st in the country to offer the perfect wine tasting environment, whether you're a wine connoisseur, or a first-time taster. By combining our wines and delectable tapas, you will experience that delicate, elusive balance of the perfectly integrated food and wine. Located right near the popular East 4th St. district, Vine Bar is the perfect gathering place for after-work or pre-game wine. Enjoy our rooftop, too, with the best view of the city. Join us Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.
Cindy Good has always loved the small-town charm of Berea. Doing her part to snazz it up, Good opened a combination wine bar and retail shop. The knowledgeable shopkeeper tracks down the best labels from small producers' wines you won't find at grocery stores. Even better, two enomatic machines dispense tastes of 16 varieties, so customers can try before they buy. Wines are sold at state minimum prices. For those who wish to enjoy their booty on premises alongside, say, an artisan cheese board, a $7 cork fee is added.
That Thai cuisine now flourishes in Canal Fulton is one of life's happy culinary surprises. And for that, we give thanks to chef-owner V-Li Van Sickel, a Thai native whose comfy Stark County dining room is more down-home than exotic, and whose preparations are subtle and accessible to midwestern palates. Among our picks are the fragrant soups, smoky pad Thai, and for dessert, the enticing sweet rice with custard.
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