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.
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.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.
The day after Thanksgiving marks the start of holiday shopping, the cryogenic refreezing of the Macy's parade floats, and the longest possible time before families once again sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. Entrepreneurs Ryan Napier and Nino Natale wanted to close that gap. Their revolutionary eatery, TGD, fills with the nostalgic aromas of America's favorite meal 365 days a year. In the fast-casual establishment, patrons enjoy platefuls of homestyle turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing without spending hours slaving over the stove or sobbing quietly to a rep on the Butterball hotline. But just because their food is quick serve doesn't mean it's unhealthy; the pair is devoted to daily prepared, preservative-free food. Jennifer Mastroianni of CantonRep.com asked, as many patrons do, “Are the mashed potatoes real?” In response, Nino held up a container of freshly peeled potatoes, letting the ingredients speak for themselves.
Servicing Canton for more than 50 years, Chicken Manor Family Restaurant offers hunger-having patrons a menu of heirloom recipes boasting fresh, never frozen home-style chicken, pastas, steaks, seafood, and more. In a covert operation to infiltrate the brain's pleasure centers, an order of mixed home-style chicken ($8.79) cloaks light and dark poultry parts in Chicken Manor's hush-hush breading prepared with a mix of secret spices, while the 8oz. Boston strip steak ($11.99) waves a meaty flag of carnivorous liberties. See the full menu online for more details and prices.