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Best of Canton: The Piazza at Gervasi Vineyards

Best of Canton: The Piazza at Gervasi Vineyards

Two summertime realities of life in Canton, Ohio: 1) summer is short, and 2) good patios are hard to come by…unless you like to eat while gazing onto an asphalt parking lot and the hood of your car. If so, we’ve got plenty of those.

OK, so we lack the necessary superpowers to extend summer for an extra month or two, but we can help you make the most of the warm & sunny days we do get.

And there’s simply no better place in Canton, Akron, and perhaps all of Northeast Ohio, to dine and sip wine al fresco than at the Piazza at Gervasi Vineyards. In a word, it’s SPECTACULAR, and it more than makes up for some of our city’s other patios that may be lacking. See for yourself:

Can you believe this is Canton?

While ALL of Gervasi is simply too much to cover in one post, the patio is just ONE awesome part of the Gervasi experience. There’s also the Bistro in a magnificent restored barn, the Marketplace for gifts, snacks, and wine to go, the Villas for an overnight or weekend getaway, the Pavilion for special events/weddings, not to mention the Farmers’ Market, Yoga on the lawn, and soon-to-open Crush House. Every part of Gervasi leaves you feeling relaxed and truly transported…to somewhere other than 5 minutes from Belden Village. :)

But back to the Piazza. We love it because it’s fun, casual, and affordable. We usually spot at least someone we know – it’s definitely a place to be seen. Most menu items, as well as all wine by the glass, are $10 or less.

What you’ll find:

  • Live music on select nights
  • Hoppin’ patio
  • Cornhole on the lawn and Bocce ball
  • Huge firepit
  • Private couples’ chairs for drinking wine and snacking, while overlooking the water
  • Wedding party sightings – they tend to seep out from the private pavilion

Our faves:

  • Chopped iceberg salad
  • Wood fired pizzas to share
  • Pesto pasta salad with chicken
  • Luce Luce (Pinot Grigio)
  • Abbraccio (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • House sangria – it comes by the pitcher if you feel like getting frisky ;)

The Gervasi Piazza is a fantastic place for those looking to spend a little less than the pricier restaurant inside. (On the Piazza, you’ll actually place your order for food and drink at the bar, and a server will bring it to your table.) Not only are the prices lower, but you usually get some sort of built-in live entertainment, like solo singers, bands, or local artists. If you end up staying a little later playing Bocce ball, or listening to music, you can sit by the fire to warm up – you don’t even have to leave the area.

Who should go:

This is an easy go-to date when you want to look like you really thought it through, or a place to bring out-of-towners when you want to avoid/hide the place you drank domestic beer with chicken wings the night before.

You’ll see lots of groups of girlfriends, couples out with friends, Collyn’s book club not discussing the book, casual birthday celebrations, even the occasional family. (Collyn has taken her kids there on a couple occasions, and they’ve done great – cornhole and pizza keeps ‘em happy.) Gervasi’s patio really does accommodate groups both large and small.

Clevelanders, we’re talkin’ to you. Come on down this summer if you haven’t already. Gervasi is GORG, you’ll love it! If it’s your anniversary or you want a special weekend away, splurge on a getaway at the Villas, too.

When you should go:

Reservations aren’t accepted on the Piazza, but rest assured, the wait usually isn’t long. Guests either leave tables to walk around, or move on for the evening, so don’t be discouraged if you end up putting your name on a list for a few minutes. For large groups, though, we recommend getting there early to snag a table.

Late spring, summer and early fall – these are the short, precious NEOhio times we dream about, and the only seasons you can enjoy the Piazza.

Rain or shine; they really don’t close the Piazza unless there is a serious storm. Huge umbrellas at the tables, and the natural awning of the building, serve as safe havens from the rain. In the event of rain, do keep in mind that you probably shouldn’t wear white, because on the piazza, you have to physically leave your table to put an order in for food and wine at the bar. We promise it isn’t inconvenient otherwise.

And when you do go, be sure to leave some time to wander the grounds. Just LOOK:

1700 55th St NE
Canton, OH 44721
(330) 497-1000

On the web: Gervasi Vineyard

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  1. Our first time there last night, we had dinner inside with family, getting to meet my nephews new wife. That alone was very nice.
    Let me start with the service. We were lucky to get Pat, he is awesome, very informative, personable and helpful. The food was outstanding, the short ribs melt in your mouth!
    All in pall it rwas a very pleasant experience, can not wait to go back and dine on the patio, it is georgous. See ya soon! Thank you for a great evening!

  2. Even in the winter the attention to detail was warm and impressive. Almost like a retreat. But my comment is about the gift shop. What fun. Beautiful things everywhere. I loved the passion that the employees had for everything from their wine to their beautiful pottery for the home. Hope I get back in town to experience summer there.

  3. I’ve heard wonderful things about this place. My wife loves it. I still have not been. On my list for this Summer!! Thanks for the reminder. :-)


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