Tallmadge -- Siblings Tony Jaber and Suzy Genovese teamed up to open the much-anticipated Cortabella's Italian Eatery at 10 Tallmadge Circle in October.
Responding to the need for an "authentic" Italian restaurant in the area, Jaber and Genovese said they have established a destination where customers can enjoy varying experiences.
"It's the type of place you can bring the family and get an inexpensive meal," said Genovese. "Or you can sit back and enjoy the evening with a bottle of wine, a nice authentic meal, and a slice of homemade tiramisu."
The siblings are familiar with the restaurant business, said Genovese.
"We grew up in the restaurant business," she said. "We've been doing this for years."
Jaber, who also owns the Firehouse Grill and Pub, Venue and Caffe Italiano in Bumpas Commons on the Circle, added the former Big Boy property at 116 Tallmadge Circle to his portfolio. Jaber said his interest in the Circle came from the amount of traffic that flows through there daily.
"The Circle is an historic area," said Jaber. "I think that's a special piece of real estate and you can never duplicate a circle like that."
Jaber plans to open a retro diner at the former Big Boy location in 2014.
"In just a few short years he's taken a site that by some estimation was blighted, definitely vacant, in foreclosure and not a producing asset for the city, totally renovated it and filled with new, thriving businesses," said Tallmadge Economic Developer Dennis Loughry. "It's creating many jobs and also adding to the vitality of the community."
At Cortabella's, Jaber runs the back of the house, like the kitchen, while Genovese runs the front, handling customers.
In addition to pasta, the menu includes seafood, poultry and steak; pizzas and calzones; soups and salads; and desserts; an extensive wine list and full bar.
"We've got a pasta bar and a pasta station where the pasta is prepared right in front of you," he said.
"When we originally wanted to put in an Italian restaurant, we kept coming up with different ideas on how we wanted to structure it and make it a nice atmosphere," he said. "We kept refining it, working on menus and recipes and came up with a concept that is A first in Ohio."
A large salad bar compliments the pasta bar.
"The endless soup, salad and pasta bar allows our patrons to get a good, healthy meal at a low price and return to work quickly," Genovese said.
Patrons may also call ahead and have their food and table ready by the time they arrive.
Cortabella's does offer a catering service, as well as carry-out, which Genovese said is beneficial for those who don't have a lot of time for lunch.
Cortabella's is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For more information, call 330-633-7844.