October 3, 2023


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Recently opened Antica focuses on uncomplicated Italian cuisine in Avon (images)

AVON, Ohio — Antica Italian Restaurant + Bar focuses on the simplicity of Italian cooking.

“A ton of the highlights on this menu will be common to most individuals,” said chef Josh Septoski. “All of our dishes on the menu have 5 to six elements at most. They are quite straightforward. We source intensely from Italy but also as local as we can potentially get.”

The contemporary restaurant, which opened in July, characteristics roasted veggies, seafood entrees, pizzas and pastas on its menu. Standouts incorporate a entire-roasted branzino, veal saltimbocca and a chicken parmesan “pizza,” the place rooster requires the position of dough.

The chef helps make pasta by hand — drawing on his experience learning pasta-creating in Bologna, Italy, from 2014 to 2015. Prosciutto, tomatoes, cheeses and meats are sourced from Italy, whilst other components like greens and lamb are sourced from local farms, Septoski claimed.

“Our menu is ever-altering with the seasons,” Septoski reported. “We do not typically check out to shoehorn substances that we can’t use in period. We want to honor the seasons and what we can get from our local purveyors, but at the exact time I don’t want to be not able to source some thing that probably came from abroad.”

Septoski leads the kitchen area in the new restaurant owned by Fadi Daoud, the operator of Heck’s Cafe and other places to eat in the Higher Cleveland area. Antica is within eyesight of the Avon locale of Heck’s Cafe, nestled in the Market at Avon (around Avon Commons) at 35568 Detroit Street. (Heck’s Avon area is at 35514 Detroit Highway.)

The cafe usually takes about what used to be Piccolo Italian, a restaurant that closed past spring in the course of the initial restaurant shutdown and by no means reopened, Daoud claimed.

“We’re now in Avon at Heck’s, so I know the market,” Daoud stated. “People are craving a thing new, one thing different, primarily on the West Facet.”

That taste for one thing unique translates into Antica’s mod, upscale menu, structured into groups like “antipasti,” “insalata + zuppa,” “verdure,” “pizza” and “secondi.” A drinks menu involves a strong selection of Italian wines.

“Simplicity is vital in this delicacies,” Daoud said. “Italian food stuff is identified to be easy, and basic meals is the very best. So we continue to keep it uncomplicated, just concentrate on components and freshness and that by itself… you end up with a actually good product or service.”

Daoud renovated the inside of Piccolo, opening up the space and incorporating present day types in black, white, gold and grey. A handful of Instagrammable places function an angel wing mural, neon lights around a greenery wall and a sample of faces on an exterior face of the creating. Antica’s massive patio accommodates company during warmer months, and a side social gathering room can be rented out for personal gatherings.

Antica is a new addition to a cluster of regional restaurants the Market at Avon. Antica is subsequent doorway to Heck’s, Mitchell’s Ice Cream and Melt Bar + Grilled. Daoud is hopeful that the location will continue on to shift toward much more regional field, earning Avon a food items-lover’s paradise.

“I simply call it a ‘local assortment,’” Daoud explained. “We want to draw men and women into Avon as a eating location, not just searching.”

Discover additional data about Antica at anticacleveland.com.

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