The chefs at Tuscany Square Ristorante recreate traditional Tuscan recipes, simmering savory sauces to ladle over a menu of pasta, steak, and seafood. Adept hands construct house-made lasagna, layering soft noodles between strata of bubbling homemade marinara and meat ($12.95). A 10-ounce slab of Choice sirloin ($16.95) ages for 30 days and debuts mature and ready to assume the responsibilities of pleasing a palate, filling a stomach, and refinancing a mortgage.
Locally owned and operated by a family with more than 25 years of restaurant experience, Inner Circle Pizza has been spinning homemade pizza dough in Austintown since 1999. Watery-mouthed patrons can quell hunger pains with Inner Circle's versatile menu of munchables, which offers a variety of specialty pizzas. Nibble on a chicken bacon ranch pizza ($7.49–$19.99) or admire the thick crust shell on a taco pizza bedecked with sausage, cheddar, mozzarella, taco seasoning, diced lettuce, tomatoes, and a side of sour cream ($3.49–$19.99) as it explodes beautifully against an unadorned wall. Inner Circle Pizza's popular Buffalo wings ($7.50 for 10 wings) are made fresh and lathered in one of a plethora of sauces, such as garlic, ranch, parmesan garlic, teriyaki, or kamikaze—an ideal snack for watching the big game or C-SPAN's newest congressional rock opera. The vast menu also boasts barbecue ribs ($9.49 half slab, $16.99 whole slab), pulled-pork sandwiches ($5.79), Philly steak sandwiches ($5.49), and meatball subs with grilled peppers and onions ($5.59), as well as traditional Italian pasta dinners. Thirsty patrons can delight in the full bar, equipped with liquor, wine, and nine different draft beers for making libations to pizzeria deities.
Since unfurling its first tablecloths nearly 25 years ago, Luigi's Restaurant has served up countless slices of hand-rolled pizza and introduced diners to innovative dishes such as pizza-roagies and fried cheesecake. Hinges swing on double-doored ovens, revealing pizzas topped with ham, anchovies, and tomatoes, as well as Italian classics such as house-made lasagna and tender veal parmigiano. Salads, subs, and sandwich baskets round out the hearty menu.
Since 1993, the chefs at Opies Pizza have adhered to a simple yet tasty pizza formula—they make each pie with fresh dough, tangy sauce, and tons of toppings. They customize each thick-crust pizza with more than 10 toppings and its own at-bat song. Or they throw together one of Opies' specialty pizzas such as the Maxxed, a catchall combo of two meats and five veggies. Alternatively, they also bake pizza toppings into a 10-inch stromboli.
Balls of homemade dough fly in the air as Posti's Pizza’s chefs spin them into original, New York-style, and Sicilian crusts. Afterward, they slather house-made sauce onto the discs and adorn each one with such bites as bacon, broccoli, steak, and sweet peppers. The pizza dough also serves as the base of wedge sandwiches such as the Big Dawg, an agglomeration of capicola, provolone, fries, buffalo wing sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and creamy Italian dressing. The chefs’ creative ventures continue into the menu’s salad selection, where they serve a mix of veggies and meats such as banana peppers and chicken tenders in a regular bowl, bread bowl, or a bowl carved from a large crouton.
Brothers Sam and Chuck Owen founded Gionino's Pizzeria in 1990 with a vision of serving up signature pizzas, Italian dishes, and fried chicken, all made from fresh ingredients. In the years since, the eatery has expanded into more than 40 locations throughout Northeastern Ohio, at which cooks continue to prepare the brothers' signature menu. Patrons can also order family-style trays of salad and heaping, shareable servings of pasta loaded with meatballs or italian sausage.