Twisted Olive -- North Canton, OH
Things have been incredibly busy over here at Ohio Wanderlust, but I have been going to locations, it's just a matter of sitting down to write the review.
Dave and I recently moved our home base from Ravenna to Uniontown which puts us temptingly close to the Twisted Olive. I had been to the Twisted Olive once before with some of my friends, but this was Dave's first visit. I knew from my previous night out that the Twisted Olive would be an excellent Valentine's Day dinner location so we went out the evening of the 13th.
The Twisted Olive was packed when we arrived, I would recommend making a reservation if you plan on going on the weekend.
Dave recommended that I order the Red Sangria since it was Valentine's Day -- "Truscano, Pomegranate Vodka, Pomegranate Syrup, Cranberry Juice." I prefer sweeter wines and I think that I would have been better off with a different cocktail, but Dave didn't mind finishing this up. I had also just gotten over being sick, so I wasn't much in the mood for drinking.
To drink Dave ordered an exclusive Gervasi Vineyard Craft Beer brewed by Thirsty Dog in Akron. Our server told Dave that the beer was only a few days old and that the keg had been tapped earlier in the week...that's all it took to sell him on the Milkhouse Stout. He loved how fresh the beer was and was happy with his order.
To start our meal Dave and I split an order of the Veg "Meatballs" served Naked (3 meatballs with sauce and cheese only). If you don't want Naked meatballs you can order them Smashed (2 meatballs smashed over garlic toast). These eggplant "meatballs" were delightfully spicy and we enjoyed sopping up the extra sauce with the rolls we were served.
For dinner I ordered a small Strawberry and Brie Salad -- "Mesclun Greens, Cashews, Raisins, Smoked Honey Vinaigrette." It tasted good, the smoked honey vinaigrette was nice, but compared to the soup and eggplant meatballs, this salad was just okay to me.
I also ordered the Chipotle Potato Soup -- "Birra, Pepper Jack Cheese, Mustard Croutons." This soup was so fabulous, it might be one of the best things I've ever eaten. It was spicy, but it had a velvety smooth texture and the flavors paired nicely together.
Dave ordered the Spinach Fettuccine for dinner -- "Roasted Red Peppers, Garlic EVOO, Squash, Artichokes, Feta." I was craving pasta, so I might have eaten a little bit more than half of Dave's while he finished off the rest of my salad.
Despite the restaurant being very busy due to Valentine's Day, our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Although there were things that I didn't love, it wasn't due to the quality of the items, but rather my personal taste. We both loved the meatballs and the soup which really helped to round out our evening. Overall we had a wonderful night and can't wait to celebrate more events at the Twisted Olive.
My rating for the Twisted Olive: