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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

Pre Holiday Gift Card Promotion

Special valid Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Pre Holiday Gift Card Promotion

Special valid Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Details

Ask your server about our Pre-Holiday Gift Card Promotion! Wednesday, November 1st-30th, buy a $100 gift card and receive a $20 reward card! *Reward card redeemable January 1, 2018. Excludes Tax and Tip. Special valid Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 all week from 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Open for Thanksgiving at Noon! Enjoy our Thanksgiving menu that includes: Turkey, Ham and Lamb, and some of your favorite Papa Joe's menu items like prime rib, steak, and seafood.

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

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (20)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Casual (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Authentic (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Comfort Food (12)
Cozy (12)
Business Meals (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Fun (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Seasonal (6)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great food - wonderful service! Worth the drive from Canal Fulton, Ohio. Highly Recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This is my favorite place for lunch and dinner. Food is consistently very good and service is excellent. Wine selection is great, you can even go to the wine room and pick out your own bottle .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Joined friends for dinner, wine and conversation. Appetizers and meal were delicious and Erin was on point!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The food was delicious. The filet and swordfish were perfectly prepared. Our
waitress, Erin, was wonderful. All in all a perfect dinner experience!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Casual, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Always consistent food and good service

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 20, 2017

You can always count on Papa Joe's for good food, good service, big portions, and a satisfying experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 19, 2017

A memorable time with friends and great food. A place where you could have a conversation without shouting. The selection of foods apealed to each persons preference. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Disabled Access
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Hadn't been here in a while. Great menu selection. My guests said "We will have to come back".
Nice portions. Brussel Sprouts appetizer was delicious. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Good food. Good service. Great restaurant!!! Have to have the prime rib.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Delicious "old school" Italian, seafood, and steaks. Excellent food and service. Classic and classey!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This is one of our favorites. It's a challenge to find a place that serves good veal cutlet and the one in my Veal Parmesan was excellent. What really made it great was our server Stacy. She was super attentive and just fantastic.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Enjoyed our first time there food was great, only complaint that our server must of knew the table behind us she spent a lot of talking and giving them alot of her time and attention. I will be back to try the ribs for 2.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Service was not up to expectations.
Many times we had to remind the waitress that she hadn't brought certain items. Food was good and as expected.

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