Now, Cianciola’s doesn’t look like much. The building is a, square, windowless warehouse – see the picture at the top of the post. I drove past it, not realizing it was my destination until Google Maps told me to do a U-Turn. The public section is in a corner of the warehouse – they were loading pallets of flour while I was there. And, the stock is limited. This is not a gourmet emporium, looking to supply your every possible Italian food need.
So, why go there? Because what they have is carefully chosen, good quality, and sold at warehouse pricing to the general public. Their prices on real Italian cheese, olive oil, and cured meats are hard to beat.
Frank Cianciola & Son
180 Cuyahoga St.
Akron, OH 44304
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: 9:30AM–12:30PM
My favorite things they sell are, in no particular order:
- Italian cheese: Parmesan, provolone, Romano; from Italy and America; fresh and aged. (The aged provolone was particularly good.) They are happy to give out samples to make sure you will enjoy what you order.
- Olives: Cianciola’s sells Sicilian, Kalamata, and salt-cured olives by the pound. Tell them how big a container you want – from about a half a pound to as big as you can carry – and they’ll fill it for you, at a great price.
- Olive oil: Imported Italian olive oil, in 3 liter cans. If you use as much olive oil as I do, buying it in big cans is the best way to go.
- Italian cured meats: Salami, prosciutto, capicola. Not a wide selection, but again, good quality and great prices.
- Italian wine: A small but great collection of Italian wines – I had to buy a bottle of prosecco to take home for the wife.
Here’s the map
My list of Ethnic and Gourmet stores in the Akron, OH area.
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