The of Taste of Italy's legacy began 25 years ago, when proprietor Giancarlo "JC" Schiano Di Cola began to study the culinary traditions of his family in his native Napoli. At age 13, he moved stateside, where he learned under the watchful eye of his father, Giovanni, who once worked in the kitchens of the Brooklyn restaurant circuit, including his own restaurant. After proving his skill through 20 years of cooking experience and successfully untying a Gordian knot of spaghetti noodles, JC opened the first Taste of Italy Pizza location in August 2004, with a second location in Canton coming seven years late.
With the use of his father's classic New York recipes, the Canton location blossomed into a bastion of old world culinary tradition. He now feeds the hungry masses at both locations with mouth-watering New York? and Sicilian-style pizzas, as well as traditional Italian pasta dishes. Plates of homemade lasagna, hearty gnocchi bolognese, and creamy tortellini alla panna share table space with fresh caprese and antipasto. In the kitchen, vats of from-scratch marinara sauce simmer on the burners while the dining room hums with a jovial buzz of casual dining. In addition to treating visitors to meals of authentic Italian and familiar American cuisine, Taste of Italy provisions banquets and celebrations with bountiful catered trays of salad and pasta as well as special meals for any occasion.
The first person at Chattahoochee Gold Swim to exemplify the attributes of determination and tenacity so highly valued by coach Pat Murphy, the club's founder, was not a swimmer, nor did the character-defining event occur near the water. The person in question was a hard-working landscaper, who—though he had only one arm—approached his work with an unbridled passion that coach Murphy couldn’t help but admire. Keeping the landscaper ever in his mind, Pat—with the help of his team of coaches and instructors—strives to impart a similar sense of commitment, integrity, and inspiration in swimmers of all ages via a host of lessons, programs, and swim meets.
Throughout the year, the crew of coaches can be found in the pool and on the deck helming fun and educational lessons for students of all levels. The introductory parent-tot program teaches first-time swimmers the basics of water safety, and the swim league grants kids the opportunity to meet for weekly practices in a noncompetitive environment, free of the middive thumb wars often associated with competitive programs. Along with lessons and classes, Chattahoochee Gold Swim offers fitness programs, such as water aerobics, to help participants streamline their physiques.
Built upon stately wooded grounds that play home to dry creek beds, natural gardens and a gazebo centerpiece, The Magnolia Thomas Restaurant surrounds diners with southern hospitality and rich history. The eatery has a strong bond with the Woodstock community, named after one of the city's most beloved matriarchs, and residing on a historic replica of the Magnolia Thomas estate, circa 1912.
After walking up a winding pathway, visitors enter through an inviting front porch for an award-winning dining experience. Crisp white linen, candlelight and a nostalgic fireplace casting a hushed glow over the dark wood floors create an elegant yet comfortable ambiance. The atmosphere is bolstered by the cuisine, which the owners have dubbed "southern dining with a silver spoon treatment." An enormous selection of wines and and craft brews pairs perfectly with the entrées, from kettle-fried chicken with cheddar grits and fried green tomatoes to daily seafood and pasta specials. An attentive wait-staff presents each meal to the table with professionalism and care, whether their guests are enjoying a relaxing meal for two, conversing over a family dinner, or celebrating a special event.
In 1993, after years as a tech in the carpet cleaning industry, Gregory Cole founded Pro Carpet as a one-stop shop providing the best carpet-cleaning practices he had learned during his career. Gregory's team, which now numbers more than 30 techs, begins each carpet-cleaning service with a thorough walk-through, during which customers can point out specific soiled areas before the techs evaluate carpets for their levels of dirt, stains, and rainbow sprinkles. As they begin to clean, they employ steam-based cleaning and stain-specific products, such as the company's proprietary enzyme-based pet-stain formula, to remove odors and soils.
Pro Carpet's expertise also extends beyond carpeting, tackling upholstery and area rugs with the same thoroughness. They can also be called upon to repair water damage, clean office cubicles, and sweep dust and allergens from inside air ducts with professional-grade tools that improve air quality.
Perhaps his degree in physics from Georgia Tech or his longtime stint as a partner in an engineering firm prepped Jeff Sousa to understand the improbable poses that yoga demands. Before starting Ember Yoga, he knew that he wanted to take possession of his own physical health, and so he left his engineering days behind and became a full-time yoga teacher. He opened Ember Yoga as a venue for others to discover their own passion for yoga.
Now, 16 other passionate yoga teachers?including former basketball players and professional cyclists?aid Jeff in teaching 16 unique yoga classes. Along with the hot-yoga courses, including Vinyasa, the team leads diverse groups through sessions intended for children, and practitioners intent on mediation. This panoply of offerings recently won the Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch Readers' Choice Award for Best Gym. The 4,400-square-foot studio features four distinct areas, including a hardwood hot-yoga studio, locker rooms with onsite showers, and a boutique full of yoga equipment and apparel.
Growing up in Illinois, the Donovan family fell in love with the horseshoe, an open-faced sandwich piled high with ham and covered in cheese sauce and French fries. When they opened Donovan's Irish Cobbler, the clan brought their own version of the Illinois tradition with them. In this version, fries and homemade cheese sauce join your choice of meat, including smoked ham, hamburger, and fried chicken. The dish became a hit, but it isn't the only one that caught on when Donovan's introduced it to the region. Boxty—stacked potato pancakes topped with shredded beef and, again, the house's signature cheese sauce—has also taken off like an alien spaceship that just stopped in to use Earth's Wi-Fi. The two popular dishes head a menu heavy on Irish classics such as bangers and mash, but also featuring paninis, salads, and wraps.
Open until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, the pub is a lively night time spot. Each week it hosts events such as team trivia, a three-card poker tournament, and four-hour sets of live music.