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Local Pizzerias Continue to Impress, Jonathan's Turns 4

A look at restaurant news and comings and goings in and around the area during the first half of May.

Attleboro

Park Street Pizza a Product of Patience

Chris Pennisi and Paul Albrecht opened Park Street Pizza four years ago, and Pennisi said it was a childhood dream come true.

"My buddy and I worked in pizza shops when we were younger and we decided to open our own," Pennisi said.

The two worked at the Sharon House of Pizza for years as children. Pennisi moved on to work in other fields, but Albrecht stayed to learn the trade.

Jonathan Celebration!

There was a small celebration this month at Jonathan's Coffee Cafe in Attleboro, and in its short existence, the cafe has become one of the major daytime social scenes in Attleboro. 

The Union Street business marked its fourth anniversary and Jonathan Friedman, who operates the place with his mother Ann, enjoyed his 28th birthday.

Pizzeria DeMarco Offers Much More Than Pizza

Adel Fitian has been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years, and he's bringing that experience to Pizzeria DeMarco in Attleboro.

Born in Egypt, Fitian began learning to cook when he was 6. 

Sharon

What Would You Like to See in Sharon Heights Shopping Plaza?

Sharon residents earlier this month weighed in on what they would like to see fill a retail vacancy in the Sharon Heights Shopping Plaza. Suggestions range from coffee shop that would serve sandwiches to a "nice cozy restaurant with great hamburgers, steaks, chicken, seafood" and other items, among other suggestions. 

Walpole

Stacey White, general manager at Clyde’s Roadhouse Bar & Grille in Walpole, has been there for 16 years.

She works at the restaurant with her brother, Scott White, the owner. Find out more about the business that began in 1995. 

Norwood 

Small Business Q&A: Olivadi

Norwood Patch this month spoke with Olivadi General Manager Peter McDonough about what the must-have dishes are at the restaurant.

Olivadi is open for lunch and dinner and features a separate bar menu. The eatery recently changed its drink menu and will be putting out a spring menu at the beginning of June. The patio is open as well.

Business Spotlight: The Common Cafe and Patisserie

The Common Cafe and Patisserie in Norwood is a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch.

The mismatched tables, brick walls lined with art work by local artisans and the smell of fresh baked goods will make you feel right at home.

Norwood Patch sat down with one of the owners Paul Avramidis to find out about the house specialties and what the cafe has to offer it's customers.

Unsal's Pizzeria & Ristorante, Sabb's Market, Cafe Paprika, Palagi Bros. Ice Cream, Ruby'S Ice Creame & Frozen Lemonade, Norwood Country Club were all among health inspection reports submitted by Norwood Board of Health inspectors in early May. 

Dedham

Dedham Small Business Q&A: Isabella

Dedham Patch recently stopped in Isabella on High Street in recently to talk with Day Manager Jeannie Stapleton about what makes the downtown restaurant a success and see how they've been faring with the construction going on.

Stoughton

Known for Pizza and Subs, Stelio's in Stoughton Adds Breakfast to Menu

Stelio's in Stoughton has been a popular pizza restaurant for some time, with a wide array of pizzas, subs and salads. 

The eatery recently added breakfast to the menu, which they serve seven days a week from 6-11 a.m.

In the wake of an early morning shooting which took place outside Whiplash nightclub on Wyman St. in Stoughton April 21, Police Chief Paul Shastany and Executive Officer (now Deputy Chief) Robert Devine appeared before selectmen April 23 and recommended selectmen take "aggressive" and "bold" action against the club's licenses.

Selectmen later voted to revoke Whiplash's entertainment license, suspend its alcohol license for 30 days (commencing June 1) and to modify the liquor license to impose a closing time of 11 p.m. 

Foxborough

 

The grand opening of Cupcake Charlie’s at Patriot Place on Saturday, May 18, will be a family event offering cupcake giveaways, face painting, a photo booth and a DJ.

Loewen's Deli: A Father's Dream Fulfilled by Son & 'The Noone's New Yorker'

Bruce Loewen started Loewen’s Deli about four years ago, despite protests, at the time, from his family.

But in hind sight, Loewen said it was well worth it, and his wife agrees.

Find out more about the deli in this feature on Foxborough Patch.

What's the Most Expensive Bottle of Wine at Tastings?

Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro at Patriot Place offers an impressive selection of wines to customers near and far.

Foxborough Patch this month asked General Manager Scott Pinocci and he told us it's the Penfolds Grange.

“It’s really just the ultimate quality,” he said. “It’s been made for about 50 years in Australia. It has a perfect balance of acid, fruit and tannins.”

What’s the Most Popular Sandwich at Primo's?

For those who like to try something new,  residents in Foxborough or the surrounding area may want to check out Primo's on Mechanic Street, known best in town for its delicious sandwiches, such as the steak sandwich, an item Owner Chris Gunns said was a top seller.

Wrentham

Michael Scouras has been at Nicky’s in Wrentham for more than a decade, but his travels had brought him a lot farther than that.

A musician, Scouras said he’s worked with legends such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Brian Adams and Pat Benatar, just to name a few. He went to more than 54 countries in that line of work.

Though the life of a roadie may seem like a good life, Scouras said after a while it lost its appeal for him.

Town Pizza a True Stroke of Luck

Bill Shehata’s immigration to America, and subsequently coming to Town Pizza in Wrentham, was quite a lucky chance.

Having originally worked in a bus manufacturing plant in Egypt, and upon coming to the U.S., he found manufacturing to be in short supply in 1995.

Learn more about Town Pizza in this Wrentham Patch inside look. 

Mansfield 

Catman Cafe a Childhood Dream Come True in Mansfield

The Catman Café opened its doors 11 years ago at the hands of Steve Cerullo and childhood friend Michael “Catman” Cataldo. Get the full scoop on what's up with the restaurant. 

Norton

Hot Dogs and More Keeping Family for Over 30 Years

Hot Dogs and More in Norton started business more than three decades ago, and is still going strong.

Vincent Brown originally built the stand from a wooden trailer car with no doors. Those working the stand used a window to get inside. The business has since been passed down to his son Jim Brown and Barbara's brother, Butch Rich.

Seekonk 

Seekonk's Boneyard Barbecue a Success of Serendipity

Billy Beggs, co-owner of the Boneyard Barbecue & Saloon in Seekonk, said the place got started completely by serendipity.

Beggs, who worked in the corporate world as a manager most of his life, said he and co-owner Carnig Ashchian were united by chance.

The two met and became friends while Ashchian was working at a nightclub in Boston.

Lemon and Oil Deli in Seekonk Keeps It Simple

Neil Nadeau was in the corporate restaurant business for many years before he decided to buy his own shop in 2009. Now, he says the Lemon and Oil Deli in Seekonk is going strong.

Gretchen Robinson May 16, 2013 at 07:11 PM
We had a BBQ chicken with onions this week at Scorpio's Restaurant in Attleboro and it was fabulous. Smokey flavor, lots of cheese and chunks of chicken, just a little bite to it. Side salad was terrific, too, no iceberg lettuce is served there.

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