The instructors at Andrew Fulmer Dance Studios span several decades with their dance teaching, which encompasses styles from classic ballroom to hip-hop. They are also masters of exposure, drawing spectators to the art of dance through classes, performances at special events, and parties where returning practitioners twirl beside first-time guests. Fitness courses such as Latin cardio burn calories via boogying, and competitive dance training preps students to sidestep oil slicks left by saboteurs.
At Tozzi's Restaurant, owners Dina and David Tozzi continue nearly a century of their family's service in the restaurant industry with hearty lasagnas, traditional chicken parm, and a selection of steaks. Tozzi's treats each plate as a canvas, cutlery as a paintbrush, and a palette of meticulously carved garnishes as a metaphor for the commercialization of art, turning each steak, fish, or pasta in an ocular and edible masterpiece. Diners begin their feasts by sharing plates of appetizers such as the sausage-stuffed peppers or Asiago cheese dip with toast points, while capping off dinners with an array of desserts.
The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.
The New Peter Shears showcases lunch and dinner menus of creative, contemporary cuisine dreamt up by executive chef and gastronomic guru Nathan Mushrush. Awaken a slumbering appetite with an order of goat cheese fritters with red pepper coulis ($10) or barbecue-dusted calamari with cilantro aioli ($10). Fresh seafood dishes simultaneously set senses afloat and anchor the attention of distracted diners. Peter Shears's #1 ahi tuna ($25) displays sweet-and-savory sophistication, dry-rubbed with Madagascar vanilla bean and glazed with black sesame napa slaw. Even heartier entrees maintain their elegance, as proven by protein-packed plates such as rosemary-and-garlic-soaked spring lamb with mint apple jelly ($32) and Japanese bison ($30), a hoisin-grilled sirloin served with sesame-roasted shitakes and a nest of sweet potato. Plentiful pasta is also available, such as fettuccini alfredo ($16) or basil pesto penne ($16).
Over the last nine decades, Kennedy's BBQ has been smoking, slicing, and piling turkey, ham, and pork on sandwiches seasoned with top-secret ingredients. This smoke shack's meat masters start with premium protein, pit-smoking the savories in an on-premise smokehouse to infuse succulent juices. Then, soft buns are laden with ham, turkey, beef, or pulled pork ($4.75 each), slathered with barbecue sauce, and generously dolloped with a house-made cabbage relish concocted from a secret recipe. Sociable sandwiches can pal around with a bowl of hearty chili or smoky bean soup, studded with tender chunks of pit ham and cornbread crumbles ($3.50 each). Desserts such as homemade cookies ($0.75), milkshakes ($3.30), and Troyer's Home Pantry pies by the slice ($2.60) finish off a decadent meal more sweetly than a nuzzle from a candied teddy bear.
The friendly Mediterranean maestros at Papa Gyros whip up a wide-ranging menu that dons Parthenon-sized portions of flavorful, authentic Greek fare. Fresh and warm pita pockets surround each of Papa’s savory gyros, hemmed with a fresh fortification of tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce ($5.49). The delectable Grecian salad ($4.49 small, $6.29 large) acts as a lusciously leafy lead-in to the Philly chicken pita ($5.49) or as an engaging digestive companion to the dazzling dolmades' munchable grape leaves ($3.89). Douse the torch of hunger with the mighty Olympian platter, a stomach-taming digestive feat of gyro meat, souvlaki, Greek salad, rice, tzatziki sauce, and pita ($9.89). Papa Gyros’ food sculptors have cemented their chops in two Canton locations, rendering the restaurant a delicious destination for either dine-in or carryout.