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About Papa Joe's/Iacomini's

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. Saturday and Sunday afternoons we can accommodate even larger parties. Off-site catering is offered 7 days a week for any venue of your choice. To-go service and retail wine sales are convenient at our Italian Market.

1561 Akron-Peninsula Road
Akron, OH 44313
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Fish, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm [ Open during the day for private parties ]
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm [ Open during the day for private parties ]

Cross Street:
Portage Trail

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(330) 923-7999

Website:
http://www.papajoes.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.

Catering:
Please call for details.

Executive Chef:
Joe Alvis

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We are open Christmas Eve at 3 pm and our Italian Market opens at 9 am

Papa Joe's/Iacomini's Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good for a Date (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Good for Groups (19)
Authentic (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Casual (15)
Cozy (15)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Romantic (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Fun (9)
Seasonal (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Our waitress was precious, very attentive and wonderful. The food is always DELICIOUS.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined 4 days ago

The food here is always delicious. Service was fast and friendly despite being very busy at 8:00 on a Thursday (during the holidays). The candy cane martini was awesome!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

Not happy with this lunch. Expect WAY more. Been dining here since opened and in Akron before that. Chicken salad tasteless and two of four people dining ordered it. Bread that was not toasted was quite stale and hard. Reuben very good but tiny compared to what it used to be. Meatball sub great. Wedding soup good. Chicken soup not so good. Homemade potato chips not salted and many were limp. Waitress very good. Few customers in restaurant as was an early lunch. Disappointing.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Mixed bag! It was a weekend evening, so busy can be expected. Really loud, too loud. I had the strip steak, very good. Wife had prime rib, not good. I had Fettuccini Alfredo for side not very good especially for an Italian restaurant. Dessert was good but not a great selection.

Tags: Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing. Ask for Lori at the Bar. We celebrated a birthday and had an amazing time

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Live Music, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Spicy, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Thrilled our reservation was ready when we arrived despite the number of people waiting for a table. Appreciated that our request for a booth was also honored. Thought I had left my gloves in the booth. My call was handled by several people in a very swift and professional manner. Their youthful unruffled response was remarkable considering how busy they all were with the holiday rush.
VERY IMPRESSED!!

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, excellent service and wonderful experience ..... as expected!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was great I would recommend this restaurant most highly

Tags: Hot Spot, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I am never disappointed at Papa Joes. Good quality ingredients , good preparation and good service. What more can you ask for?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The my experiences at Papa Joe's have always been great and this was no exception. The hostess was superb. Very friendly and bubbly. Out waitress was just as friendly and welcoming. She had brought a drink and appetizer that I had pre-ordered to our table quickly after being seated. It was a great way to spend time together as a couple on our anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great wine selection from the wine room at retail prices!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

First time visitor. Thanksgiving Dinner. Staff was very well organized to handle large crowd. Service was excellent, food very good considering the occasion and large crowd. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner with my family at Papa Joe’s. Quick seating. Great servers. Excellent calamari! Like eating in grandmas basement!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Room we were seated was quite crowded and loud. Dinner was delicious, drinks were weak, server did well despite being overwhelmed. I commend the staff and owners for a wonderful job feeding all those people!

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and fantastic service. It was a hit with everyone!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fun, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

My wife and two long-standing friends were looking for a place that was not a ‘chain’ and served traditional Italian-American food. After searching through the reviews of local restaurants within 30 miles, I found Papa John’s the reviews were excellent and the reservation process simple.

When we arrived for the first time, at a very busy time, we were welcomed and shown to our table without missing a beat.

The rest of the evening proceeded in the same vein. We were not rushed. The appetizers and wine were excellent and we ordered and ate our main courses at a leisurely pace.

We all enjoyed our choices. And, we are discerning, if not picky about well prepared food with fresh ingredients. And, my wife’s Petit Prime Rib was excellently prepared and was generously sized. More like petite in a land of giants.

I opted for Lasagna and sausage. Both passed with flying colors.

Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Spicy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was quite busy with many large parties. The staff worked timely to ensure folks were taken care of. We will definitely return after the holidays. Hopefully fewer large parties at the same time.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

After making a reservation, I still waited 30 mins to be seated (there were several other complaints as well). After being seated we waited another 10 mins or so for a waitress. I thought she would just take the drink but once we gave her the drink order she expectantly looks at us as if that’s all we’re ordering. Feeling rushed my wife & I shared the large prime rib special. The prime rib was good, but over half of it was fat & unetible. I’m also pretty sure the waitress didn’t say more than five words to us at a time.. the most she said was “is that all?” before handing us the bill. We watched her talk to other customers & tell them her name & be conversational but we experienced none of that. We won’t be back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service. Food was good, but we found the sauce a little too sweet for our taste. But overall very goif. We'll be back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

All in all, there was more food than we could eat which neans there are leftovers for the next day.
I would say the salad was above average, lasagna was average and the cannoli dessert, eh.

Their wine list includes a long list of Orin Swift wines at a remarkable price. Prisoner at less than $49 is a bargain. That alone is a good reason to have dinner at Papa Joes!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was excellent. So glad to have stumbled upon this place. Service was a bit slow, but overall excellent experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My husband and I had a great time! The food is delicious and the staff is very courteous. We will recommend to friends!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I return to Papa Joe’s several times per month. The service and food are both excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Papa Joe's is like the best Family Restaurant, great for a date great for any special occasion, my wife and I have been coming here for several years. I've spent my last two birthdays here because I enjoy the food and service, they treat you like family.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

A local gem where service is still a priority. Great value, weekends get crowded (use OpenTable) but no one seems to mind the wait.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent experience for our first time. Food was great and service was attentive but not rushed. The only slight negative was the environment - needs a few repairs and could be cleaner.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Don’t know why we never tried this place before, but it’s now on our “go-to”list!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

At there on a date with my wife. Lasagna was very good as was the Italian Trio. We both had White Peach Sangrias that were awesome!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Love the food and service!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We chose Papa Joe's because we were under the impression it would be relatively quiet, the food would be superb, and that the service would be excellent. Unfortunately, they were VERY busy on the Saturday evening we were there. It was too loud for us to have a conversation without shouting (we were a group of 7, though, at a large table), and our meal took over 3 hours because of the slow service. 3 hours is long time to shout at each other or to look at each other blankly across the table. It wasn't what we had hoped for.

I was also disappointed that we couldn't order one of the beers on the menu because the keg hadn't been tapped yet. The beer options weren't very good, with only one local beer tap, even though craft breweries of excellent quality can be found throughout the region. The wine list seemed better, but we had our hearts set on the octoberfest beer by the time we found out we couldn't have it.

That said, the food was quite good, and the server was friendly and efficient. I think if they hadn't been overwhelmed that evening, it might have been very nice.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Chicken francaise is the best! We love this place!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Vintage...but in a good way. One of the few locally owned gems left. Offers casual bar seating to elegant dining. Generous portions and great value. Food was prepared perfectly. Like the wine you had? Go around the side of the building to the market and pick up a bottle. A very pleasurable experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love this place! Great food and service! Would and have recommended this place to our friends and family!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always a pleasure for our family to get together at Papa Joe's

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food and excellent service!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We had a reservation for 5pm and were quickly seated when we arrived. Waitress was friendly and offered good recommendations. The food was delicious. Everything arrived appropriately done even with substitutions. It was a lovely celebration for my 2nd wedding anniversary with the family.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful service. Wonderful food! An all round great restaurant

Tags: Business Meals, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We have always had very good experience here. It is also a good place to find a good bottle of wine that I have never tried.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

One of my favorite restaurant in town. We had our reherasal dinner there 17 years ago and we still come back for dinner now and then.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Absolutely delicious steak dinner! Service was quick! Our waitress, Mary, was so sweet and attentive! She even recommended a hiking experience to us, after we shared with her that we were vacationing in Ohio for the week!

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