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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...