Newly opened Antica focuses on simple Italian cuisine in Avon (photos)

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

“A lot of the highlights on this menu will be common to most people today,” reported chef Josh Septoski. “All of our dishes on the menu have 5 to 6 ingredients at most. They’re incredibly straightforward. We supply seriously from Italy but also as area as we can quite possibly get.”

The modern day cafe, which opened in July, options roasted veggies, seafood entrees, pizzas and pastas on its menu. Standouts consist of a entire-roasted branzino, veal saltimbocca and a hen parmesan “pizza,” the place hen will take the put of dough.

The chef tends to make pasta by hand — drawing on his practical experience studying pasta-making in Bologna, Italy, from 2014 to 2015. Prosciutto, tomatoes, cheeses and meats are sourced from Italy, whilst other components like vegetables and lamb are sourced from nearby farms, Septoski said.

“Our menu is at any time-altering with the seasons,” Septoski claimed. “We never typically attempt to shoehorn ingredients that we can not use in season. We want to honor the seasons and what we can get from our local purveyors, but at the exact time I do not want to be unable to resource a little something that it’s possible arrived from overseas.”

Septoski prospects the kitchen in the new restaurant owned by Fadi Daoud, the owner of Heck’s Cafe and other dining establishments in the Greater Cleveland space. Antica is in eyesight of the Avon spot of Heck’s Cafe, nestled in the Marketplace at Avon (close to Avon Commons) at 35568 Detroit Road. (Heck’s Avon location is at 35514 Detroit Street.)

The cafe takes above what employed to be Piccolo Italian, a cafe that shut final spring for the duration of the original restaurant shutdown and by no means reopened, Daoud reported.

“We’re now in Avon at Heck’s, so I know the market,” Daoud claimed. “People are craving some thing new, some thing distinct, primarily on the West Side.”

That flavor for a thing diverse translates into Antica’s mod, upscale menu, structured into types which includes “antipasti,” “insalata + zuppa,” “verdure,” “pizza” and “secondi.” A beverages menu contains a robust range of Italian wines.

“Simplicity is vital in this cuisine,” Daoud explained. “Italian food is acknowledged to be straightforward, and basic meals is the very best. So we continue to keep it simple, just focus on elements and freshness and that by itself… you close up with a actually superior product.”

Daoud renovated the inside of Piccolo, opening up the space and including modern designs in black, white, gold and gray. A few Instagrammable places attribute an angel wing mural, neon lights in excess of a greenery wall and a pattern of faces on an exterior encounter of the developing. Antica’s huge patio accommodates attendees all through hotter months, and a side party area can be rented out for personal situations.

Antica is a new addition to a cluster of nearby places to eat the Market at Avon. Antica is subsequent door to Heck’s, Mitchell’s Ice Product and Melt Bar + Grilled. Daoud is hopeful that the region will proceed to shift towards more local industry, generating Avon a foods-lover’s paradise.

“I simply call it a ‘local assortment,’” Daoud mentioned. “We want to attract people today into Avon as a dining destination, not just purchasing.”

Find much more details about Antica at anticacleveland.com.

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