Once a thriving steel town, Youngstown suffered an economic decline immortalized in song by Bruce Springsteen. However, the innovative city has made a comeback, spawning a surge in industry, from software to food to the arts. Dozens of galleries, museums, performance venues and historic sites celebrate the culture of the area. Miles of hiking trails and green spaces offer energetic activities to active travelers. Sports are also highly valued, Youngstown being home to a host of pro athletes.
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4.5 based on 340 reviews
Yesterday was Valentines Day. I took my wife & sister-in-law to dinner and the food & service was very poor. I'd received a gift card to the Springfield Grille otherwise I would not have returned after the last underwhelming experience when they brought me the wrong steak and then argued that it was okay (!??). Our salads were under-dressed & dry, with greens right out of the bag. My wife's chicken (stuffed with ricotta cheese & cranberries) was hard, dry, & over-microwaved. My bone-in supposed 14 oz pork chop was small, overcooked (dry), & thin. My sister-in-law's filet mignon was overcooked (literally black) and the smallest I've ever seen (2 ounces?). Our wine glasses were dirty with smudged fingerprints & water spots. Our waitress (Cree) was even worse. She'd disappear and only return when I'd go to the front desk and ask for her service. She needs to be fired along with the chef. Our table was in the entry area and every time the restaurant's door would open we'd be blasted with 20 degree cold air; both my wife & her sister ended up wearing their coats during dinner to stay warm. This was once a great restaurant but no longer; it now reminds me of a place with a careless manager & an absentee owner. Do yourself a favor; for a much nicer meal and a better experience go to Michael Alberinis across the street.
4.5 based on 88 reviews
Went for the pizza but the standout was the fabulous chicken. Honestly, I am a pizza fanatic but the chicken and fries stole the show. Was in from Columbus for Italian food and hit three different establishments but the surprise here was the chicken! You guys rock!
4.5 based on 82 reviews
Met at Margherita's for dinner, with friends who live by and made the recommendation. Driving up, it looks small, but has more space inside than expected, divided into front, middle/bar area, and back room with a small outside patio in nicer weather. The front and middle/bar area have the most character, but the entire interior is attractive and appeared clean. The menu is diverse and includes interesting sounding preparations for chicken, seafood, pasta, and beef. There are appetizers, salads, soups, and flatbreads for lighter appetites, and the prices were appropriate. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu items, and provided good service. There are wine, cocktail, and beer selections, and we were pleased with our choices, except for the prosecco being served in a large, white wine glass. If you're in the area, Margherita's is definitely recommended; you'll enjoy a good meal and evening.
4.5 based on 255 reviews
Seriously, THE BEST WHITE CLAM SAUCE I'VE EVER EATEN. Better than mine, better than mama's (and she's born & raised in Italy). Perfectly garlic-ey with perfect spices over au-dente pasta. The salmon is a weekly special with 7-8 different varieties and it is also superb (and I usually do not order salmon out). The wine selection... truly the best in the area, with unusual and rarely found bottles and glasses. The chef/owner (Otavio) is in-house and runs a tight ship; although we do not know each other we know his food & it is remarkable. This is an excellent restaurant; high class but not too much (a nice shirt & jeans are okay); easily the best in the area and in the top 2-3 in the tri-county area.
4.5 based on 78 reviews
Great prices for hot dogs, burgers, fries etc. Can get chili, cheese, onions added to the dogs as well as the fries. I love their chocolate shakes. No tipping at tables. There is a large tip collection jar on the way out. Good for breakfast, lunch, or supper.
5 based on 24 reviews
Young, talented chefs delivering creative cuisine that speaks to palates in the know. In like, 20 different languages. Mmmmmm, oh yeah, it's tiny and it has one bathroom. Think hole-in-the-wall spots in Manhattan that only you and the locals know about. So get there early and stay as long as you can, because you will want to try everything on the menu. It's that innovative....and that delicious. BYOB is welcome and makes you, your friends and your wallet very happy. These guys..........can cook.........in Struthers, Ohio........go there.....now.
4.5 based on 111 reviews
In 1967, Pasquate “Patsy” Acconcia operated a pizza shop in Youngstown. When he decided to make the move to the present Austintown location he took on a partner, Fernando Riccioni. For the next 20 years Fernando and Patsy worked daily to develop the recipes they are still using today.The dough process begins every morning at 6:00 a.m. and continues through the late morning and early afternoon. Our pizzas are made to order fresh daily with a variety of unique toppings along with our special recipe sauce and our homemade sausage.We don’t do anything fancy…we just do PIZZA! With more than 46 years of experience, we know we can make a pizza to please you!The same tradition is carried on today with Fernando still leading the way with the help of his daughters, Adelina and Filomena. Also, joining the Wedgewood experience are Fernando’s son-in-law, Mike, his grandson Michael, granddaughters Jenna and Gabriella, and his nephew, Rick.
My wife and son really like the traditional pepperoni pizza. And my daughter and myself prefer the white crab pizza. It's fake crab, but still pretty tasty.
4.5 based on 45 reviews
A unique restaurant in Struthers, Ohio featuring European/American food, full bar, a private vault for guest parties. A hometown restaurant with big city flair.
Selah is right next to the railroad tracks in Struthers and is a really great place to have dinner or lunch. The staff is friendly and helpful and the food is all freshly prepared and served hot. They have live music on certain nights, and the atmosphere is very cool as it was a bank building. You can even have your group eat in the vault.
4.5 based on 190 reviews
Three of us had a business lunch. Seated promptly. Waiter Caleb addressed us promptly with request for beverages. Then orders placed. Finally, main dish came and I informed him that we never received our salads. He apologized. Then I asked him I received the right dish...I did not, but accepted it anyway. Lastly, he brought the wrong bill. Could anything else have been wrong?? Anyway, the salad was tasty at the end of our meal. I had gnoochi Bolognese which also was very tasty. Waiter needs to get on the ball!
4.5 based on 109 reviews
Come, dine with us and experience why our food has received over 250 culinary awards from across the nation. Serving you the best barbecue around, we have all of your favorites. But, “we are more than just great ‘cue!” We boast an expansive menu with fantastic lunch and dinner options, including salads, pastas, seafood and much more. Looking for a deal? Check out all of our specials including weekday lunch specials, daily specials and special weekend offerings.
Been here many times over the years. Love the BBQ sauce. Recommend ribs and chicken. Great atmosphere and pricing.
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