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Vietnamese Cuisine With a Twist

By Nami Nagaoka MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio — After a year as owner of Pho Viez, Joel Johnson has added new flavor to the Vietnamese restaurant. For 23 years, Johnson has worked in the culinary industry, learning styles and techniques from 13 different restaurants, he said. Through those years, he developed...

Guliet’s Bistro Brings Fusion Cooking to Area

Guliet’s Bistro Brings Fusion Style Cooking to Area

By: Nami Nagaoka CORNERSBURG, Ohio -- Homemade seasoned chicken on the top of French toast with strawberries and maple syrup. This is just one of the creative menu items at Guliet’s Bistro that was inspired by the travels of owner and head chef, Gina Melfi. For 11 years, Melfi traveled...

Elm Street Diner Makes ‘Cheddar’ on Mac and Cheese

By Nami Nagaoka YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Kendra Corpier didn’t know about the Elm Street Diner until she went there for a business meeting Tuesday. After the meeting, she and her coworkers stayed for lunch but couldn’t decide what to order from the menu, she said. "We were all sitting here...

Space Kat Brings Texas-Style Barbecue to Youngstown

By Michael Moliterno YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – When you poke your head through the small window to place your barbecue order at the Space Kat, don’t ask owner Jack Zizzo if he makes his own sauce. He does, but that’s beside the point. “[Sauce] isn’t the definition of barbecue,” he says...

Brewery on Tap at B&O as Restaurant Opens

By Michael Moliterno YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A new brewery is on tap at the B&O Station in Youngstown, which should be up and running by spring, and a barbecue restaurant recently opened there as the former train station undergoes yet another transformation. Sandi Cassile, co-owner of the B&O Station, said...

Restaurateurs Look to Accommodate Trends

By Jessica Joerndt YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While fads come and go, restaurants in our region are adapting their menus to changing tastes and diets while honoring the cuisines and consistency that keep their regular customers coming back. Long-standing Italian restaurants like La Rocca’s Pizza and Pasta in Poland and Scarsella’s...

Culture and Family Flavor Ethnic Cuisines

By Jessica Joerndt YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- From the spices of a Middle Eastern kibbee to the tenderness of authentic Mexican carnitas, the ethnic restaurants in our region offer some of the most diverse and interesting food types – but their stories don’t start in any store-bought cookbook. While California takes...