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The Brick Oven boldly puts their own spin on traditional Italian and Eastern European cuisine

When Jennifer Gentile was studying culinary arts and hospitality management at the University of Akron, the door in her college dorm room was always open and it became the hangout place for students to gather. Now, more than a decade later, she is opening the door to her new restaurant, The Brick Oven in Southland South plaza, with that same...

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Love is in the air (and it smells like coffee)

How should you brew your joe? There is a profusion of confusion on the best coffee infusion; however, it all comes down to preference: In the 16th century, folks simply boiled it three times in a pitcher (or ibrik) in the desert sand. No desert handy? It can be made this way on a stovetop as well. It comes out thick, chewy, offensive to the...

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Mr. G’s Pizzeria and Wings offers same-day catering on many delicious entrées

The holiday season is the time when friends and family come together. Sometimes these gatherings are planned in advance—sometimes they’re not. If you suddenly discover that a crowd is coming to your house for dinner this weekend, tomorrow or even tonight, don’t panic. There’s an easy solution. Call Mr. G. Mr. G’s Pizzeria and...

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Café Arnone: An authentic Italian coffee bar

When I first saw the big, orange sign go up on the front of Fairlawn’s new Café Arnone, I thought, “Oh, great; another national chain.” It looked too polished, too organized, too modern to be locally owned, but it is. And it’s polished because the two young men running it, co-owners and first cousins Michael Maghes and Rocco LaRose,...

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The Starving Chef Recipe: Sweet Potato Marshmallow Cookies

This holiday season, I’m making sweet potato marshmallow cookies. It’s how I imagine sweet potato casserole should be served—as a dessert and not a side dish. For step-by-step instructions with photos, click here. Sweet Potato Marshmallow Cookies Prep time: 15 minutesCook time: 10-12 minutesMakes: 24...

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