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.
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.
The sound of fire. The igniting exhalation before the steady breath of the flame sustains. The heat pulsing steadily outward from the steel grill—you feel it on your glowing face. But the chef looks cool. He’s a master, after all; a flat, metal spatula in one hand and an enormous, sharp knife in the other. Kani House’s teppanyaki tables are no strangers to the action of hibachi, where these chefs entertain their guests before plating seared steak and scallops alongside fresh, sautéed vegetables. The steady sushi masters may not share their compatriots’ outward exuberance, but their work is just as delicious. From behind their long bar, they assemble maki cylinders with tender cuts of fatty tuna and bright salmon, artfully arranging cuts of more than 50 specialty rolls in the shape of gentle caterpillars or fearsome members of the Japanese Diet. Bright bamboo panels and natural stone add to the vibrant ambiance, surrounding diners with dark-wood and nuanced accents that keep the focus on the beauty of excellent cuisine.
Since 1964, Blimpie has filled patrons' bellies with submarines packed with freshly sliced meats and quality toppings. Each of the coast-to-coast franchise's locations offers an assortment of bread-based eats ranging from classic deli subs to paninis served between warm ciabatta buns festooned with grill stripes or uneven tan lines. Subsmiths roll up fresh wraps and keep waistlines in check with Lighter Stuff, a health-conscious selection of menu items with less than 400 calories and 6 grams of fat. Kids' meals satiate the appetites of youngsters 12 years old and younger or adults with fake IDs.
Chefs and servers at Summits Wayside Tavern specialize in pairing pub fare and frothy brews—partnering more than 140 drafts of beer with made-to-order burgers, salads, flatbreads, and sandwiches. Chefs make patties of prime beef, short rib and Kobe among others for made-to-order burgers smothered with add-ons spanning from applewood-smoked bacon to fried calamari. They also prepare fajitas, fish and chips, asian noodle stir fry, traditional ramen, kimchi fries, and buffalo chicken wings. Though the taps may vary from location to location, bartenders have recently poured brews from Pabst, Lagunitas, and Dogfish Head. In addition to their montage of frosty brews, Summits Wayside Tavern pours 20 different wines by the glass and boasts a large collection of spirits.
Tuscany Italian Restaurant’s epicures build gourmet meals from northern Italian recipes. Garlic and olive oil flavor homemade gnocchi and imported tortellini, and a white wine, lemon, and butter sauce smothers sautéed chicken and veal cutlets. Brimming with green spinach, red marinara sauce, and creamy white ricotta, ziti florentine sculpts abstract Italian flags on forks and plates. Instead of decorating pizzas with snazzy bow ties, diners can add edible accouterments such as fennel sausage, caramelized onions, and prosciutto di parma. The restaurant also caters events for up to 500 people, delivering trays of eggplant lasagna and chicken-caesar wraps to parties, meetings, and space capsules bobbing in the Gulf of Mexico.