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About Vaccaro's Trattoria
Vaccaro's Trattoria offers innovative Italian cuisine as well as classic favorites served in a casual fine dining atmosphere. Our pasta is made fresh daily. We have a stylishly appointed bar & an extensive & thoughtfully chosen wine list to complement our menu.
Akron, OH 44333
Italian, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Tuesday thru Friday 11a to 4p
Dinner Monday thru Thursday 5p to 9p Friday & Saturday 5p to 10p
Closed on Sunday
Exit 138 at Interstate 77
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Vaccaro's Trattoria offers virtually any type of catering service desired, from drop-off, ready to serve food to complete in-home, multi course dinners with wait staff & on-site chef service.
Chef/Owner Raphael Vaccaro
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Vaccaro's Trattoria Ratings and Reviews
Owner and chef Raphael makes certain everyone that walks into his family restaurant is brought into his family. The menu has wonderfully changed for the season, yet I can always get one of my favorite homemade pastas. There is courteous and caring service, and the food is authentically Italian—not just another restaurant in the Akron area...it is the reason to not have to drive to Cleveland for great food—-we already have it here!
My husband and I went to dinner on New Year's Eve. Our server was very nice. However, the food was not great. My salmon was very dry and his beef was just okay. I think for the price of the dinner, it should have been a little better quality. It wasn't so crowded that the food should have been so so. There was a lot going on around us so it was slightly distracting when trying to have a conversation. Thank you, Rebecca Harrell
I was actually looking forward to trying Vaccaro's. I was disappointed in the flavor of the food and the cost compared to the portion. The service was not good. I had asked for additional hot water for tea and never received it, but the person next to me did. They brought our bill and several people in our party wanted dessert, but the server hadn't asked about dessert, so that took another 1/2 hour. We arrived at 11:45 and were not able to leave until 1:30 due to poor service.
We frequent Vaccaro’s routinely, and have never been disappointed. This last time we celebrated a birthday (of course they sang). We started with calamari and a bottle of Pinot Noir; they have a notable wine selection. Then the three of us enjoyed the Chilean sea bass, eggplant involving and the build-your-own pasta. Everything was delicious. Our server, Amy, was spectacular as usual - knowledgeable, engaging and attentive. Raphael Vaccaro stopped by to say hello. We will certainly continue patronizing Vaccaro’s.
Ordered wine by the glass. Bottle had to have bee opened earlier that week and was already bad. Told the waiter and he said "sorry" and didn't offer to make it right. 26 dollars for two glasses of wine we did not drink.
Waiter never told us the special.
No bread was offered until we asked.
Wedding soup had no meatballs.
Restaurant has been inconsistent the last few years. Decided to give it one more chance.
They failed and we will not be returning.
Generally we have always enjoyed going to the Trattoria for a very nice dinner. We were quite disappointed when, having invited friends, our experience at the restaurant was substandard. Even though we had reservations, we were seated in the center of the aisle, and were repeatedly bumped by the service crew and patrons alike as they passed on either side of our table (we are not large people). The service was quite slow, our wine glasses when they arrived were very filmy (plastic would have been better, looked like a steamy mirror). When we asked that we have clean glasses, our glasses were replaced with very large, fishbowl glasses that had thick rims and were difficult to handle and drink from. We had to ask for bread. The waiter was unwilling to work with us on any changes to the standard menu, which my experience in the past at Vacarro's has always been very customer oriented. The waiter did not offer dessert, we had to ask to see a menu. I asked for some whipping cream for my dessert which never arrived. I left thinking that perhaps the management had changed as our dining experience was so inept.
Typically this is one of our go to restaurants. Service was very good this time Amy was great. My caeser was not charred like it use to be. I do prefer the old garnish of a brittle like asiago peice. The bread with cheese that was with this dish was very salty. My wife's speciality salad was excellent. The bread served in the basket had to much seasoning, I think it may have been rosemary. My fettuccine was good the first couple bites were salty. I don't know if I just became use to the salt or it was just the 1st bits. The spaghetti and meatballs were very good. It appears the resturant is trying to bring things back to the ways the past chefs performed. We talked to some other customers that also visit frequently they also commented that the prior chef was outstanding. This current chef has just not found the niche yet. We will continue to go back hope to see continuous improvement. Thanks
As always a most enjoyable experience. Dinner was excellent with wonderful and extremely attentive service. Homemade pasta and gnocchi..does it get any better?! A quiet and clubby atmosphere along with a well paced meal service made for undistracted conversation .Eggplant fries are fantastic for appetizers! Desserts... TO DIE FOR! Vaccaros is probably one the best restaurants in Northeast Ohio!
It is really cool to sit with the owner and talk about food and wine. They have a $19.99 Wednesday special that is fantastic! I would say this is one night not to miss. Smoked prime rib or salmon. The new desert menu is one you would want to start at the top and go down to the list.
I was surprise at how mediocre the food was. Rolled up veal that was too dry, pretty flavorless pasta, all in all not the outstanding fare I had expected. I am sure our server was a nice guy but probably in the wrong industry. He spilled oil on my wife's sleeve, mispronounced elements of the specials, had to be reminded continuously of drink orders that were sitting in the window at the bar, I could go on. Finally, the prices are very high and not justified at all by the overall experience. Now I know why our guests kept suggesting going someplace else. Next time I will listen.
Overall this restaurant seemed a little tired, struggling to reach previous heights it may once have commanded. I seemed to have a skill in selecting items from the menu which were unavailable and though the wine list looked good, they didn't have many of the bottles first selected. The dishes themselves, though fine in concept, were impacted from a lot of substitutions and the execution failed to live up to the price tag. A baked goats cheese and roasted red peppers tasted more tomato than red pepper with a high level of acidity which overwhelmed the goats cheese. Salmon with squid Ink and lemon pasta suffered from overcooked salmon and very under seasoned pasta, though with the addition of a little salt the pasta managed to provide the subtle flavors we'd been anticipating. The Veal tenderloin medallions however were switched out for slices of what seemed more like beef though the overall flavor of this dish was better than the Salmon. I may attend again to see if there is improvement for the future, but it would be to one of the special evenings providing better value for money.
I had the opportunity to visit this restaurant two weeks in a row due to business travel. The first time the restaurant was so warm people at our table were fanning themselves and removing outer sweaters and jackets. I orders the chicken piccata. The chicken was ok but the pasta was flavorless. The next week the restaurant was 80 degrees (we sat right beneath the thermostat) I ordered the gnocchi and had to request salt to be delivered to the table. Overall would not go back.
This is one of our "go to" spots in the area for a "nicer" place for dining. Being in a small strip center might put off some people, but the atmosphere is warm and inviting inside. They must be doing something right. They've been here a long time, which in the restaurant biz is difficult. The owner was very helpful in assisting us with wine choices. Knowledgeable, and not pushing higher priced wines on a customer.
It's been at least 6 months since we have been there due to moving from fairlawn to medina. In the past food was always great. This time the food was ok. Bread was always good this time it had a funny taste. I had the wedge salad there was very little ranch dressing and very little blue cheese crumbles. My wife had the scallops on a bed of spaghetti they said the sauce had a little kick. But it was more than a little she couldn't even eat it. My daughter had the fig pizza it looked Ike's good but the figs were whole vs a paste. She has had this type of pizza before at high end places and the paste was great. The whole figs were just to chewy. They did not have enough staff the watress was good but she was just to overwhelmed. She told us the kitchen was at 116 degrees. I don't know how someone could work in that condition. In the past the head chef would walk around and ask how things were this time no such luck it was a Thursday night it was not that busy. There was a table next to us that appeared. To know the owner. He was at a there table all night long stopping by and asking how things are going or if they needed anything. Never did this guy go around and ask the other tables if all was ok. The was very disappointed this was always a great place but the past couple times we have been there it appears staff have changed , executive chef may have changed. Not sure I will go back. Sad this use to be a great neighborhood gem. I hope this reviews help turn things around.
They just started a Wednesday summer special. Choices include prime rib and samon. Both offering we're outstanding in taste and price. The great meal also incudes a summer drink. You always feel welcome and special. The owner often sits down and talks with you. It's like one big family.
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