Though Rick and Renee have helmed Mama Roberto?s for 15 years, their family recipes are close to a century old. Multiple appearances on Fox 8, winning the News-Herald's Best of the Best award in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and receiving a 2011 and 2013 Silver Spoon Award for Best Italian and Best Place for Family Dining from Cleveland Magazine have helped spread the word about these handmade Italian dishes, which range from stuffed calzones and pizzas to veal and chicken saut?ed in delicate wine sauces. Diners may also solicit Mama Roberto?s catering services for up to 1,000 people or one very hungry humpback whale.
The Sawyer House is one of the only stone homes in Lake County, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the colonial-style cottage, owner Dennis Koury's love for food shines through in a menu of made-from-scratch dishes and De Cecco pastas imported directly from Italy. Seated at the linen-draped tables in the dining area, diners split a signature salad crowned with prosciutto, crumbled gorgonzola, and housemade dressing; dig into lasagna with sweet sausage; and slice center-cut filet mignon. As sunlight washes slowly from the sky, the restaurant fills with the sound of tuning instruments and forgotten drum kits being hastily whittled. Upbeat music streams from the Pauly's After Dark lounge area, which features weekly wine tastings along with specialty cocktails from the full bar.
Owned and operated by Chardon natives Mitch and Gail Hewitt, King Kone serves up classic ice-cream treats. Trimmed in green and pink, the original Grant Street location features a walk-up window, where customers place their orders for sundaes, cones, and shakes before enjoying their sweets while sitting in the sun at a picnic table, driving home in their cars, or dizzy-bat racing a group of cocky deer. Both the original location and a second location at Chip's Clubhouse also offer savory snacks such as popcorn, hot dogs, and pretzels in addition to ice cream.
Equipped with a full-service bar and lounge, Jalape?o Loco jump-starts nights out with drink deals and a menu packed with steak, seafood, and chicken creations. The Loco special is notably filling, as it features two grilled burritos?one stuffed with steak, the other chicken?with rice, beans, sour cream, and salad.
The gelato chef at GelatoStar draws on more than 20 years of experience when crafting Italian-style gelato and desserts with natural ingredients and fresh fruit. In addition to gelato, the chef also builds lemon strawberry tartufos and peanut butter chocolate gelato half spheres.
More than 50 creative and classic toppings crown freshly kneaded dough at J's Pizza Market, which has claimed a Readers' Choice award for best pizza from MentorPatch for its pizza-crafting prowess. Patrons can choose from 34 specialty pies for at-home cooking or hunker down for in-eatery feasts. Gluten-free, white, or wheat crusts bubble atop a provided take-home pizza disk that emulates the cooking abilities and imperviousness to wolves of a brick oven, browning a variety of toppings, including barbecue pork. The restaurant's in-house wood stone hearth oven melts the Little Havana pizza's vegetarian blend of black olives, banana peppers, red onions, and tomatoes into a bed of cheddar and mozzarella atop black-bean sauce. Meat-laden sandwiches and crisp salads are also available as alternatives to circular sustenance.