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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.
Akron, OH 44313
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 ]
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday night Max Grossenbacher on the piano.
Please call for details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Papa Joe's/Iacomini's Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My wife and I had never been here before, but we intend to go back. Papa Joe's was recommended to us by the B&B proprietress at the ONeil House. Great food (we both had the veal Parmesan and salad with White French dressing) and ambience. Out waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. There happened to be a piano player that evening. He played a mix of standards to modern-day ... Sinatra's "It was a very good year" to Billy Joel's "Piano Man" to "Frozen." He even allowed some folks to sing by the piano. It was enjoyable for us as we celebrated our 44th Anniversary.
One of the best restaurants I've been to in recent memory. I hadn't been to an Iacomini restaurant since I was a kid in the mid-1970's, but I remember it well. I don't live in Akron now, so I was glad to see the family is still in the restaurant business in the area.
Our server, Katie, was quite pleasant and helpful. She was patient in not hurrying us to decide on the glasses of wine we wanted to order, nor when we were ordering, as it was our first time there. My wife and I both ordered the chicken Marsala. It came with a salad and a side of spaghetti with marinara sauce.
The selection was extensive for single glasses of wine, and the wines were listed in an intelligent, informative manner. This was especially helpful as my wife and I are relatively new to better wines.
When Katie listed the salad dressings we him-hawed around for a moment until Katie finally, and politely, said, "Everyone orders the white French." So when in Rome... I can see why it is so popular!
The main course was one of those times when you take the first bite and you just stop, your eyes get big, and you say "Wow!" The chicken Marsala was very flavorful but not overpowering, as that dish can be at some places. I've had it where it the flavor of the Marsala wine was so strong that it was overwhelming/ like it just happened to have chicken along for the ride. Not so here, and that's not easy, as Marsala tends toward the strong side, not subtle. But Papa Joe's pulled it off perfectly.
The pasta was very good. I generally prefer a heartier sauce, but I think it would have overpowered the chicken rather than compliment it.
We don't usually order dessert, but it was our Anniversary... My wife had peach cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream and said it was very good. I had a chocolate brownie sundae with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. The brownie had a wonderful, unique, almost smoky flavor to it, unlike anything I've had before...And I have a great deal of experience eating brownies!
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