The owner of the Italian Garden in Garrettsville, Jeremy Quiggle, wanted to expand his business, but didn't have room to accommodate a dine-in restaurant.
Starting in October, he acquired 8126 Main St., just down the street from the pizza shop, began renovations and turned it into The Pasta House, which celebrated its grand opening this past week.
"We always knew that eventually we would open something else. This just happens to be a few doors down from us, and we took advantage of it," said Jeremy Quiggle's mother, Sherry Quiggle, who manages the pizza shop and pasta house.
Sherry Quiggle said the pair wanted to create a dining experience that was casual, but stylish. As diners walk into the red-carpeted restaurant, they are greeted by staff in blue jeans and T-shirts. The tables are covered with black-and-white linen cloths, matching napkins and a centerpiece filled with oils and seasonings.
"We want you to feel comfortable coming in and picking up food on your way home from work," she said. "It's also nice enough that you can (dine-in) and feel like you're having a special meal."
Sherry Quiggle will be preparing most of the dishes at the restaurant, while Jeremy Quiggle will occasionally cook.
"It's the kind of thing where you can be really simple about it or expand on it and be really creative," Sherry Quiggle said.
Another feature of the restaurant's menu is the loaded fries. For a flat rate, customers can add any toppings from the pasta menu to a portion of fresh-cut fries. The family-owned restaurant will also have traditional Italian options, including family-size salads and garlic bread instead of individual portions.
"We're trying to do a combination of what classic Italian used to be with a modern twist on it," Sherry Quiggle said.
The menu will also offer gluten-free dishes and nonpasta options. Since the restaurant opened, Sherry Quiggle said two selections were very popular: the 8 oz. meatball, and the olive oil dipping sauce that is made with Italian seasonings and Romano and Parmesan cheeses.
The Pasta House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
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