Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded in 1947 by legendary footwork maestro Fred Astaire, carries on his legacy by employing instructors trained by dance champions to guide couples in learning partnered dance styles that range from the waltz to rumba. Fred Astaire North Canton Ballroom’s schedule of Tuesday–Saturday classes invites couples to join encouraging, relaxed group lessons where that can learn moves such as the cha-cha or foxtrot, providing an easy way to jazz up morning walks to get the newspaper. Classes welcome dancers of all skill levels, focusing on basic steps and helping duos progress to advanced techniques at their own pace. Group practices provide a social setting where tandems trot out their new techniques while teachers stand ready to offer advice on twirling, toe tapping, and flossing between toes each night.
Since 1966, Italo's Pizza has presented diners with authentic Italian cuisine crafted from timeworn family recipes. Crust craftsmen knead and flatten fresh lumps of dough to remove pesky air bubbles and ensure slices don't levitate over dinner plates. Next, cooks swathe the pie foundation with sauce that contains a spice blend made especially for the restaurant, before festooning cheesy canvases with the customer's choice of topping. Italo's offers diners more than 15 pizza ornaments, including pizzeria fixtures such as pepperoni and mushrooms, as well as unique options including tuna and jalapeño peppers. Italo's meticulous pie prodigies also allow patrons to decide how their pizza should be cut, be it in slices, squares, or letterboxed director's versions.
At Demico's Pizzeria, chefs assemble fresh ingredients into an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes. Gourmet toppings such as roasted barbeque chicken, ricotta cheese, or fresh Roma tomatoes speckle thin and New-York-style pizza crusts, and thickly sliced Italian breads enfold meats and vegetables in panini. Bright red walls beam down onto the dining room’s checkered floors and tabletops, and delivery services bring freshly made feasts directly to a customer's home, business, or spot in the tilt-a-whirl line.
Since the chefs at Guys Pizza Co. use ingredients from local vendors in all dishes, the menu offerings vary slightly between each location. Nonetheless, every location serves the restaurant’s signature pizzas, jo-jos, and guyzones—larger-than-average calzones stuffed with mozzarella and three toppings. Each menu features more than a dozen specialty pizzas such as the Texas BBQ with grilled chicken, bacon, and barbecue sauce, and the Loaded Baked Potato, an unusual blend of garlic mashed potatoes, crisp bacon, and cheddar cheese. You can also build your own pizza from traditional or thin crust, four sauces—classic or zesty red, garlic white, and pesto—and more than 21 toppings including meatballs, gyro meat, and roasted red peppers. Chefs will prepare any 12- or 14-inch pizza as “take and bake,” an uncooked pie that can bake at the customer’s convenience in a household oven or backyard volcano.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
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.
A 2010 nominee for CityVoter's "Best Steakhouse," The Canton Chophouse (formerly Big City Chophouse) brings meat-mavens a menu of hand-selected cuts and Italian-inspired eats. Practice taste bud calisthenics with an appetizer such as the crispy calamari ($8) or the spinach dip ($8) before diving forkfirst into a vegetable-accompanied entrée. The bone-in ribeye steak ($26) is a 16 oz slab of beast wingman'd by garlic mashed potatoes, while the pork chops ($19) curb carnivorous cravings not satisfied by attempts to eat Meat Loaf albums. Pasta dishes include lasagna ($16) and scallop rotini ($19). Demonstrate the new found level of maturity your ex fails to see with the Grown Up Grilled Cheese sandwich ($6), and then wash it down with an equally grown-up glass of Cliff Creek merlot ($8) or one of many imported beers.