Most folks likely knew that Gaetano M. "Guy" Cecchini owned of all of those McDonald's restaurants. At one-time he operated 17 in Stark County, with hundreds of local residents working for him. For many in the community, Cecchini was the person who gave them their first job. But there was more to him than restaurants and a "degree in Hamburgerology...

The distillery at Gervasi Vineyard earned four medals in the 2020 Great American International Spirits Competition. The Canton winery-distillery took home platinum, gold, silver and bronze awards, which were announced this month. In all, 79 awards were given. Gervasi's awards: Platinum: Saints Desire, a small-batch cocktail gin distilled with Itali...

The Italian Festival Foundation of Stark County will award $8,000 in college scholarship for the 2020 academic year. Applicants must be of Italian-American heritage and be 2020 May or June graduates from a Stark County high school. Scholarships are awarded based on need, scholastic ability, extracurricular involvement and character. Application req...

Mike Cammel had plenty of experience with Italian-style food before he opened his own business, Camellone Italian American Cuisine, in December 2016. In 1988, he started delivering pizzas for Domino’s. Then he shifted to cooking, at Boccutti’s, Noble Roman’s and Pizza Hut. For 19 years, he managed Sbarro in the food court at Belden Village Mall. Wh...

For this avid fan of chef Vincent Cessna’s sublime Italian food, it’s been a frustrating road. In February 2015, Cessna opened Vincent’s Pastaria in the former Angello’s location across from Central Catholic High School. It was here that I first experienced the wonderfulness of his housemade pasta and sauces, fresh-baked bread and exemplary meatbal...

The 33rd annual Stark County Italian-American Festival is set for June 13-15 at Weis Park, 2600 Harvard Ave. NW. The festivities will include music, daily entertainment, a bocce tournament (men, women and teen teams), a pizza-eating contest, a singing contest, food and a kid’s zone. The awards breakfast is set for 9 a.m. June 13 at Skyland Pines. F...

The Sons and Daughters of Italy, Ben V. Marconi Lodge 505 will sponsor a singing contest at the 2019 Stark County Italian American Festival at Weis Park, 2600 Harvard Ave. NW, Canton. The contest will take place at noon June 15 at the stage. The entire festival will run June 13-15. The contest is open to children and adults, and 15 contestants are...

Years of development at Gervasi Vineyard culminated Thursday with the opening of The Casa, a 24-room boutique hotel. "I don't think we're going to build any more buildings. This is sort of a capstone, I think, for this property," said Scott Swaldo, general manager of GV Destinations — which includes the Gervasi estate and Twisted Olive in Green. Th...

The Italian-American Festival Foundation Inc. of Stark County has announced it will award $8,000 in college scholarships for the 2019 academic year. This is the 33rd consecutive year the foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $256,000 to Stark County graduates. Applicants must be of Italian-American heritage and a graduate from a Stark County...

CANTON Ownership has changed hands, but the Norcia Bakery recipes are intact, and it seems that everybody loves a pepperoni roll. John Norcia launched the Italian bakery in 1918 and it still is going strong after a century. The Norcia family immigrated from Italy early in the 20th century, bringing the original recipe for bread and hard rolls. Mike...