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Akron gets new Italian restaurant

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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