Inside Panini's Bar and Grill's palace of brick and stone in Twinsburg, pennants, jerseys, and famed sports photos bathe in the glow of 31 high-definition televisions. Outdoors, a bank of four televisions hangs over a covered bar, the centerpiece of the full-service outdoor patio. To round out the pairing of sports and overstuffed sandwiches, Saturday nights bring in live entertainment. Panini's has hosted such acts as the Rocket Men Dueling Pianos, in which two astronauts drop grand pianos on one another to demonstrate the principles of gravity.
Gionino's Pizzeria serves up Italian and American eats ranging from pizza and pasta to fried chicken and wings. Specialty pizzas include the mediterranean, topped with spinach, feta, and roasted red peppers, and Gionino's Best, a signature pie with nine toppings, including four meats and veggies such as black olives, banana peppers, and mushrooms. Fried chicken is prepared in peanut oil, and unbreaded chicken wings are slathered in a choice of seven sauces, including hot, honey mustard, or spicy garlic.
The cooks at Pat Dee’s Pub & Eatery have stuck around for more than a decade, crafting home-cooked dinners, sandwiches, and a Friday fish fry in the amicable neighborhood bar. Diners dig into dinner plates crowded with pierogi—potato-stuffed morsels accompanied by grilled onions, sour cream, and applesauce—and signature prime-rib dinners renowned for their tenderness, juiciness, and ability to bench press a baked potato ($14.95 for a 10-oz.; $16.95 for a 14-oz). Corned-beef sandwiches come loaded with three-quarters of a pound of Vienna corned beef stacked atop deli-style rye ($7.95), and the juicy sliced steak of french-dip sandwiches plunges from a hoagie diving board into an au jus dunk tank ($6.95). Chefs lob handfuls of hot, salty fries at all sandwiches and wraps before sending them forth or busy their hands with crafting 12-inch specialty pizzas such as the Seafood Delight topped with shrimp, crab flakes, and cheese atop a white-sauce sea ($15.95).
Leeners' cheese-making kits equip patrons with all the tools necessary to craft almost 7 pounds of mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Packed with a thermometer, a cheese basket, and curdling chemicals, the kits provide dairy daredevils with all the tools to transform a gallon of milk into pizza-ready mozzarella in 60 minutes. Citric acid and calcium chloride jostle lactic proteins into alignment, and animal-free rennet tablets bully the curds from the whey. After a couple turns in the microwave and a failed stint as a personal memoirist, the curds form a cohesive cheesy whole, which can be salted, herbed, and plied into delectable edibles.
Utilizing ancient Persian cooking methods with Indian flair, tandoori cooking prepares your meal to order, ensuring that it is delivered hot and fresh, like a shrink-wrapped DVD of virtual flames. Chef Lal, Chef Ghimire, and Chef Lama have teamed up in a virtual Justice League of cookery, bringing decades of experience straight into your mouth. Stimulate that very mouth’s taste magnet with the exotic flavors found on Cafe Tandoor’s menu. Appetizers include several platters and pakoras, which are battered and delicately seasoned in chickpea flour before being deep-fried. Try the shrimp pakora ($8.50) or the paneer pakora (mild cheese, $6.50). Sop up everything on your plate like a hungry loofa, with tandoori breads such as the garlic naan ($3.50) or aloo paratha (stuffed with spiced potatoes, $3.50). Quell the emptiness within with specialties such as boti kebab (boneless lamb, onions, and bell peppers, $14.50), tandoori salmon (marinated salmon with onions, asparagus, bell peppers, and naan, $19.50), or chicken tikka (boneless pieces marinated in yogurt and spices with onions and bell peppers, $13.50). Also, like most Indian restaurants, there are dozens of vegetarian options; but unlike those other restaurants, those options aren’t multiple-choice trick questions.
Inside Cafe Toscano's elegant dining room, with stone walls and wood accents, diners serenade their stomachs with authentic Italian dinner fare. Chomp on melty wonders with the goat cheese trio antipasti—a luscious layering of crusted eggplant, melted ricotta, goat cheese, and tomato ($9)—or the brick-oven pizza Bianca—mozzarella fresco, provolone, roasted garlic, and black pepper whispering cheesy pickup lines to diners atop a thin, crispy crust ($11). Much like macaroni art and Niagara Falls, Cafe Toscano's pastas are made in house, by hand, with the assistance of Mama Nature. Fork a few well-coiled capellini noodles, which wrap around specklings of shrimp, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach ($22.95). Or, invite the pollo Genovese over to the table to enjoy its eclectic personality, defined by grilled chicken, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and pesto sauce on light-weight linguini ($22).