Akron is getting its own rustic Italian trattoria when Cipollina opens next week.
Laurie Bordonaro, owner of Guy’s Subs, an Akron standard since 1963, is opening Cipollina next door, at 6 Clinton St. Working with her is Jerry Clementi, a former Aroma owner and Buffalo restaurant veteran.
The plan is to open March 9, as Local Restaurant Week begins, Clementi said. After that, it’ll be open Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.
The opening menu will include dishes like veal Milanese, short ribs using locally raised beef, housemade pastas and cheeses like ricotta, burrata and mozzarella. There’ll be about 48 seats, and a beer and wine selection.
The name has family roots too. “Cipollina means little onion in Italian,” Clementi said. “It’s a term of endearment our nonna used to call us when she squeezed our cheeks.”
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