Newly opened Antica focuses on simple Italian food in Avon (photos)

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AVON, Ohio – Antica Italian Restaurant + Bar focuses on the simplicity of Italian cuisine.

“Many of the highlights of this menu will be familiar to most people,” said Chef Josh Septoski. “All of our à la carte dishes contain a maximum of five to six ingredients. They are very simple. We source heavily from Italy, but also as locally as possible. “

The modern restaurant, which opened in July, offers roasted vegetables, seafood dishes, pizza and pasta on the menu. Highlights include a whole roasted branzino, a veal saltimbocca and a chicken and parmesan “pizza”, where chicken replaces the dough.

The chef prepares pasta by hand, drawing on his pasta making experience in Bologna, Italy from 2014 to 2015. Prosciutto, tomatoes, cheeses and meats come from Italy, while other ingredients like vegetables and lamb come from local farms. , said Septoski.

“Our menu is constantly changing with the seasons,” Septoski said. “We don’t usually try shoehorn ingredients that we can’t use in season. We want to honor the seasons and what we can get from our local suppliers, but at the same time, I don’t want to be unable to find something that maybe comes from overseas.

Septoski runs the kitchen at the new restaurant owned by Fadi Daoud, owner of Heck’s Cafe and other restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area. Antica is within sight of the Avon location of Heck’s Cafe, tucked away in the Avon MarketPlace (near Avon Commons) at 35568 Detroit Road. (The location of Heck’s Avon is at 35514 Detroit Road.)

The restaurant is taking over what was once Piccolo Italian, a restaurant that closed last spring when the restaurant was initially closed and never reopened, Daoud said.

“We’re already in Avon at Heck’s, so I know the market,” Daoud said. “People want something new, different, especially on the West Side. “

This taste for something different is reflected in Antica’s premium menu, organized into categories including “antipasti”, “insalata + zuppa”, “greens”, “pizza” and “secondi”. A drinks menu includes a strong selection of Italian wines.

“Simplicity is the key to this cuisine,” said Daoud. “Italian cuisine is known to be simple, and simple food is the best. So we keep it simple, just focus on the ingredients and the freshness and that in itself… you end up with a great product.

Daoud renovated Piccolo’s interior, opening up the space and adding modern designs in black, white, gold and gray. A few Instagrammable spots feature an angel wing mural, neon lights on a wall of greenery, and a pattern of faces on an exterior face of the building. The Antica’s large patio welcomes guests during the warmer months, and a side party room can be hired for private events.

Antica is a new addition to a group of local restaurants on MarketPlace in Avon. Antica is next to Heck’s, Mitchell’s Ice Cream and Melt Bar + Grilled. Daoud hopes the region will continue to evolve towards a more local industry, making Avon a foodie haven.

“I call it a ‘local collection’,” said Daoud. “We want to attract people to Avon as a dining destination, not just for shopping. “

Find more information about Antica at anticacleveland.com.

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