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The Florentine, a main dining room. - Papa Joe's/Iacomini's, Akron, OH

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

4.7
4.7
1992 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Iacomini Family first opened their doors in 1932, The heart & soul has been "Papa Joe" Iacomini. Iacomini Family has always been considered the first family of fine & traditional dining in the Akron area. Joe's legacy lives on with the fourth generation of restaurateurs. Judy, his daughter, & her son Jeff, & daughter Kim, continue to try & live up to his standards of excellence. This trio of new culinarians continues to bring you "The Best of Iacomini's" with new dinner menus offered monthly serving Fresh Fish, Center Cut Steaks and a combination of Northern and Southern Italian Cuisines. Papa Joe's has multiple private dining rooms with seating up to 65 guests. Tuesday through Sunday afternoons we can accommodate even larger parties. Off-site catering is offered 6 days a week for any venue of your choice. To-go service and retail wine sales are convenient at our Italian Market. Try our convenient curbside service!
Dine outdoors in our Papa Joe's Patio!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Fish, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (330) 923-7999
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Joe Alvis
  • Catering
    Papa Joe's premier catering services will accomodate your needs for off site or delivery services. * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us ( 330 ) 923-7999
  • Private party facilities
    Our private and semi-private dining rooms can accomodate your needs. - The entire Restaurant is is open privately from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 - days a week.) - Primavera room ( private) holds 35-40 guests - Tuscany Room( private) 20-30 guests - The Wine Cellar ( semi-private) 12-14 guests - VIP ( private) 10-12 guests - Siena Round ( semi-private) 8-10 guests * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us (330) 923-7999
  • Private party contact
    Kim McLaughlin: (330) 923-7999
  • Neighborhood
    Akron
  • Cross street
    Portage Trail
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Entertainment
    Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 5 Course Wine Diner with Selby Vineyard

    $150.00 per person

    Jun 7, 2024 only
    Five course wine dinner with Susie Selby, Owner of Selby Winery, Napa Valley California
    5 Course Wine Diner with Selby Vineyard Photo

What 1,992 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Akron

    Best Overall

  • Akron

    Best Food

  • Akron

    Best Service

  • Akron

    Best Value

  • Akron

    Good for business meals

  • Akron

    Good for groups

  • Akron

    Healthy

  • Akron

    Neighborhood gem

  • Akron

    Great for fine wines

  • Akron

    Good for special occasions

  • Akron

    Most Booked

1,992 Reviews
  1. DanielleE

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food were great as always. The hostess was wonderful. She was so busy with Mother’s Day, but handled it spectacularly.

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  2. JoanS

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the salmon. Pretty good although we’ve had better at O’Charlie’s on a cedar plank.

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  3. JeanC

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food… always great service… always made to feel welcome

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! Superb! Veronica was wonderful! Love the store also !!!

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  5. KelKen

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to have an early Mother’s Day dinner and we throughly appreciated the experience. Food was excellent. We ordered appetizers shrimp cocktail and crab stuffed mushrooms and entrees chicken parmigiana, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, and filet mignon, all were delicious. Our server was excellent, so kind and attentive. We always love to visit this iconic restaurant because it’s consistently enjoyable and satisfying.

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  6. DianeV

    Cleveland

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Papa Joe’s is a hometown Italian restaurant with a lot of heart and soul. The wait staff is attentive and prompt, the entertainment is always good and the lasagna is to die for. Enjoy!

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  7. RobertP

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the Halibut. It was huge and done to perfection. The sauce was just right, enhancing the flavor without overpowering this mild fish. My wife had the petite prime rib, but there was nothing petite about it. She said it was one of the most favorable cuts she has ever had, and she loves prime rib. The service was great, and the mellow live music made for the perfect evening. I cannot same enough good things about this gem of a restaurant. I wish I would have found it years ago instead of just recently.

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  8. BillT

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I love Papa Joe’s. It’s our go-to restaurant. We especially like going when Rolando is playing. He adds so much to the ambiance. Our server, Stacey, was great - as always. Cannot beat the value, the food, the ambiance, and the service!

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  9. Saturday

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caden was our server and he was spot on. Try the pear martinis…. Great!

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  10. FoodieFamily

    Cleveland

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed a nice family get together on Friday evening. The May dinner special of squid ink pasta with seared scallops was very good, and fresh catch of the day, halibut with beurre blanc was delicious. Also, the lasagna is a classic dish that we love. Our meal was served promptly and delivered hot (important to us). Overall, Papa Joe’s remains a favorite place for dinner.

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  11. AndrewC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent! Service is excellent! Our favorite restaurant in Akron!!

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  12. PatriciaS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Papa Joe's never disappoints. I requested a booth if at all possible. My wishes were met. We were immediately greeted by our Server. We order drinks and then the entry. The Chicken Marsala was delicious. Of course, you always want to order the white dressing for your salad. My friend ordered Spinach Cannalloni looked delicious and lastly, my other friend ordered baby salad wedges with salmon presented on skewers. Beautiful presentation.

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  13. ChristopherB

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. Our server did a wonderful job! We will be back very soon.

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  14. Tommy

    New Mexico

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday night supper for a birthday celebration.

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  15. stowaway7

    Cleveland

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Local gem. Server Jason was excellent. Easy reservation on Open Table.

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  16. CherylC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every course came out perfectly. Our server could not have been more energentic, personable, helpful and just seemed so happy to be serving.

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  17. TokyoTom

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was mediocre at best. I had lasagna that seemed like it had been warmed up from the day before. The provolone wedges were quite good as an appetizer. The services was adequate. We were celebrating a birthday and the server threw three mini snickers bars on the table in appreciation. Not somewhere I will be going back to soon.

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  18. SaraC

    Cleveland

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great place for dinner and service is always excellent.

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  19. ToniH

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Papa Joe's consistently serves great food. I ordered the petite prime rib and the cut was enormous. Chicken Parm is always a family favorite as well.

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  20. EADGBE

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. They appear to have updated some of the interior, and it has really taken the atmosphere up a notch. Classy place and a fine meal.

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  21. HeatherS

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anthony was fabulous. It was our first time there. We will be back!! Food was excellent service was even better

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  22. RobertP

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality of the food was great. The veal scallopini with a side of pasta was amazing. Even the house salad dressing was great. Live music really made the night.

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  23. Patron

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was awesome -especially the stuffed mushroom apps. We were in a booth in the bar on Saturday night. Server left a lot to be desired. No greeting - what would you like to drink was all. God help her if she smiled. Not that attentive. We ordered a bottle of red wine...never offered to have one of us taste it. Filled the first glass - I said my friend could taste it - filled the second glass...she didn't get it...then walked away. Their servers are usually awesome. This one left so much to be desired...wow.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Italian restaurant. Great staff, and the food is amazing.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impressed with speed and execution of service, that's because I'm a server. It felt rushed,but I totally understand that to stay on schedule,it was necessary for a holiday. Jaden was pleasant, professional and did a great job

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  26. DianeV

    Cleveland

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Papa Joes is a staple of good Italian food. In my opinion, the lasagna is like no other and worth the trip near or far!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy going to this restaurant about three or four times a year. Service is always great and the quality of the food is excellent. We recommend reservations if you’re planning on going during a weekend. This place is always busy, which is a testament to their quality.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Papa Joe’s never disappoints. Consistently good food at a great value delivered by attentive staff that truly want your dining experience to be a great one. Every table is the best one in the house.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the service and food was incredible! The Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite

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  30. katy

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was superb, the Chicken Marsala was perfection and our server, Stacey, was the best!

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  31. SuzanneR

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was good food was great. Even though the restaurant was busy we were served our meals came on time and we went to Goodyear

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  32. MollyS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and Service! Had a wonderful birthday celebration. Waitress was excellent and checked on us often. Love this place!

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  33. BrandonC

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been telling my family that this is my favorite restaurant for the last two years. I finally got to take my dad here. He tried the veal scallopini and loved it. He said wow with every bite. I love trying their specials every month. There is a reason why this place is always packed and why I keep returning. It’s amazing.

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  34. LaurieN

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Stacy our waitress was perfect.

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  35. Rodney

    Cleveland

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can always count on Papa Joe’s for great food and great service at a reasonable price.

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  36. Speedy

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and service was great. One of our favorite places to dine.

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  37. stevea

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time there. Food was very good. Very busy, our server worked very hard and did well. But she was probably assigned a couple too many tables for one person to handle. I would go again just not on a Saturday evening.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. The service was incredible! Highly recommend this place. 10/10

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  39. RickB

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not the best. Steak wasn’t prepared right and the broccoli was just one huge piece

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  40. ChristineP

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wedding soup, veal and prime rib were all excellent.

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FAQs

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (330) 923-7999.

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's is rated 4.7 stars by 1992 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

1561 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron, OH 44313

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Portage Trail
  • Neighborhood
    Akron
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Fish, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Joe Alvis
  • Entertainment
    Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (330) 923-7999
  • Catering
    Papa Joe's premier catering services will accomodate your needs for off site or delivery services. * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us ( 330 ) 923-7999
  • Private party facilities
    Our private and semi-private dining rooms can accomodate your needs. - The entire Restaurant is is open privately from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 - days a week.) - Primavera room ( private) holds 35-40 guests - Tuscany Room( private) 20-30 guests - The Wine Cellar ( semi-private) 12-14 guests - VIP ( private) 10-12 guests - Siena Round ( semi-private) 8-10 guests * visit us - catering@papajoes.com or call us (330) 923-7999
  • Private party contact
    Kim McLaughlin: (330) 923-7999
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