We pride ourselves in using only the freshest ingredients for our unique pasta dishes such as fresh basil, parsley, mozzarella, and tomato's to name a few.
Come experience our authentic pasta sauces, succulent steaks, and seafood with homemade Balkan Bread & dipping oil on every table.
We are proud to offer you a fine assortment of Beer and Wine. We are carrying all of your favorite beers including Domestic, Smirnoff Ice, and Italian imported beer! We offer Laurello's fine wines for our main selection plus a few others. We hope this will make your experience even more memorable.
My father Tony "Toto" Severino is still baking all of your favorite Balkan Bakery delights such as italian balkan bread, fresh baked pizza's & calzones on balkan dough. And everyone's favorite fresh dough to make your own pizza if you would like.
Balkan Bakery has been an icon in Ashtabula county since 1916 and we intend to carry on the tradition of homemade balkan bread for many years to come.
An excerpt from an article in the Star Beacon - July 2009
One look or sniff inside Little Italy, 2610 W. Prospect Road, and Italian fine diners and pastry aficionados will be hooked.
"I have always wanted to own my own restaurant," said Tricia Severino, owner of Little Italy restaurant. "This is the perfect marriage of Balkan Bakery and fine authentic Italian food."
Little Italy's recipe for success was to take the Balkan Bakery business, manned by Severino's father, Tony (Toto), to the next level.
"We have combined the Italian breads and pastries with authentic Italian dishes, and wine and beer, for the complete Italian experience," Tricia Severino said. "We want our customers to know that the Balkan Bakery is still alive and well and is here at Little Italy."
Balkan Bakery first opened its doors in 1916 in Ashtabula. In 1974, Toto Severino and his uncle Ralph Zullo bought the bakery business, and in 1988, Toto became the sole owner. With his daughter at his side, the Severinos built a lasting reputation for wonderful baked goods and fresh breads.
"My father Tony (Toto) Severino is still baking all of your favorite Balkan Bakery delights, such as Italian Balkan bread, fresh baked pizzas and calzones on Balkan dough and fresh dough to make your own pizza," Tricia Severino said. "Just stop in for your baked goods. You do not have eat at the restaurant to purchase baked goods." Other baked favorites include crusty Italian bread, turnovers, brownies, Italian cookies, Death by Chocolate cake, carrot cake, tiramisu and more than 100 varieties of pastries inside the 14-foot dessert case. Five years of research by Severino inside New York City's Little Italy resulted in the dishes Severino serves today, prepared by chef Harold "Harry" Giddings.
"I went to New York City once a year to get ideas to bring back here to the people of Ashtabula," she said. "In New York City, all bakeries have a restaurant to complement their baked goods."
Little Italy has the whole authentic experience, complete with bread and dipping oil, and Italian dishes with unique flavors. Some of the dishes include Chef Harry's famous soups: corn chowder, asparagus bisque, lobster bisque, creamy chicken and mushroom; plus mile-high lasagna, eggplant parmesan, charcoal-grilled chicken parmesan, creamy pesto tortellini, chicken pasta Alfredo, other pastas, plus steaks and seafood.
Little Italy also features Laurello wines, imported wines and imported Italian and domestic beers. Even though Little Italy, which seats 60 people comfortably, has been open only since February, it has become very popular, and Severino believes her success is because of her fine product; friendly, efficient service; and a strategy for marketing.
"We have 11 employees, and all of our staff are experienced and well-trained," she said. "Beside word of mouth from our customers, we utilize newspaper ads and radio spots."
In the fall, Little Italy fans can look forward to homemade caramel apples, pumpkin rolls, chili in a Balkan-baked bowl. At the holiday season, there will be plenty of Italian sweet bread, Nisua bread, homemade nut rolls and more. There are also Cleveland cassata cakes available for order any time of year.
"It has been very exciting so far, when I see their faces as they taste what I have derived. It is very satisfying," Severino said.