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.
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.
Building on a tradition of Southern-style barbecuing, Bub-Ba-Q's vast assemblage of hearty, sauce-kissed cuisine fills the menu with smoky ease. Diners looking to sate wood-fired cravings can start out with a half-rack of barbecue-slathered baby-back ribs ($13.95). Sample a duo of meaty delights with the combo plates, such as chopped pork and chicken ($10.75), which is served with bread and a choice of two sides selected from an exhaustive list including baked beans, fries, mac 'n' cheese, corn fritters, fried okra, and more. Bub-Ba-Q also slings sandwiches, sliders, burgers, and a daily selection of cakes, pies, and cobblers, perfect for filling a basket for a complete, impromptu picnic.
The instructors at Hi-Caliber Firearms lead group and private classes that are tailored to particular clients and skills such as the Women's Basic Pistol course and the more advanced Cover & Position shooting class. When not tutoring pupils in the art of armed defense, they oversee a 10-lane indoor range built with a backstop that can absorb both handgun and rifle fire. The range's design also enhances shooters' comfort with 4-foot-wide booths, target retrieval, climate control, and an air-ventilation system. It also connects to a pro shop where Hi-Caliber's staff advise guests on gear. Meanwhile, the chefs at Tacos & Beer Mexican Restaurant churn out Mexican dishes ranging from corn quesadillas to skirt steak that arrives still sizzling. They also roll signature Monster burritos, and guests who finish the whole thing receive their very own Frankenstein.
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.