Woodstock resident Damien Mancini, with business partners Don and Linda Mancini (his parents) and executive chef Bryan Rose opened a new Italian eatery in historic downtown Canton last October and have seen the stars continue to align ever since, recently expanding opening times at Mancini’s Italian Tradition from dinner only into lunch hours.
By Meredith Pruden
Photography by Kathryn Ingall
Damien and Rose also are partners in neighboring gastro pub, The Snug, and saw an opportunity to expand their holdings when the business originally located at 250 E. Main St. became available.
“The business was ours for the taking,” Damien said. “But we kept saying, ‘no.’ Finally, we said, ‘yes,’ and it feels truly meant to be. My family is very engaged and it’s very personal because our name is on it.”
In addition to Rose, general manager Casey Card and chef Joseph Ward who helms the kitchen here, Mancini’s truly is a family affair with Damien’s sister Dina (and her husband Aaron McCavit) also working to help in the kitchen, the host stand or anywhere else an extra set of hands is needed.
Although Ward is a seasoned Italian chef who brought many of his own northern and Mediterranean Italian dishes, there also are some traditional Mancini family recipes on the menu, including the spaghetti, which comes with two pork and beef meatballs slow simmered over noodles with freshly shaved parmesan and chopped herbs.
Other popular menu items include: the house salad with red onions, hearts of palm, cucumbers, tomatoes, fried garbanzo beans, croutons and parmesan over a bed of mixed artisan lettuces and tossed in a house made beet vinaigrette; the traditional antipasto charcuterie plate with a selection of artisan meats and cheeses, as well as olives and bread; fresh chicken sausage with linguine and peppers in a white wine and butter broth; and the three layer Italian chocolate cake with ganache and chocolate chips.