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March 23, 2019

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Viva Maria: Featuring Italian and American dinners in Ada

A good, made-from-scratch restaurant, beloved by locals and students

Icon Restaurant Review:
Viva Maria

124 E. Buckeye St., Ada
Reviewer: Liz Gordon-Hancock

Before walking through the door of Viva Maria, all I knew about the place was that it was an Italian restaurant with big portions and huge support from both the local community and ONU campus crowd. My husband and I walked up to the restaurant around 8 p.m. on a weeknight.  

Lu Lu's Diner: Huge portions, cheerful welcome and fast service

Makes Lu Lu's good for families

Icon Restaurant Review:
Lu Lu's Diner
114 East College Ave, Bluffton
Reviewer: Liz Gordon-Hancock

A cheerful welcome and instruction to "Sit wherever you like!" awaits you as you enter the door of Lu Lu's diner in Bluffton.

Retirement night at Jeanne's Kitchen Friday night

And the menu is Italian

Jeanne Previte announced on Facebook that Friday, Feb. 9, is her "retirement night" from Jeanne's Kitchen, 112 Vine St., Bluffton.

The evening's menu is appropriately Italian.

"We will have Italian antipasto appetizers, Italian wedding soup, Italian vegetable
salad, lasagna or cheese ravioli, Pete's sausage peppers and onions and home dessert," she said.

Dinner hours are 5 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested by calling 419-234-8650.

The restaurant will continue under new management. Watch the Icon for an announcement.

Mustard Seed's Macedonian chef: I just like to cook"

Vasko Vasileski: “Being a chef and preparing food brings people together. It’s a universal language.”

“I’m not a title guy. I just like to cook,” Vasko Vasileski, the new head chef at Mustard Seed Café told us as he described his restaurant background in a chat earlier this week.

Vasko joined Mustard Seed, at 562 N. Main St., Bluffton, this past fall and he is slowly putting his own chef stamp on the local restaurant.

Originally from Macedonia, how did he land in Bluffton? Vasko’s wife is in a post-doctorate study and is an Ohio Northern University law professor. The couple, with their two children, live in Ada.

An Icon restaurant review: May I take your coat, madam?

The Inn at ONU offers more than just a meal out

The first in a series of Icon restaurant reviews. This series features restaurants that advertise on the Icons.

The Inn at ONU
401 West College Avenue, Ada
Reviewer: Liz Gordon-Hancock

The Dining Room at The Inn at ONU has all the hallmarks of a really good meal out: a comfortable atmosphere, good-tasting food, and excellent service.

The Inn at ONU introduces its sensational salads

The Inn at ONU, located on the Ohio Northern University campus in Ada, introduces its sensational salads 2016 menu to Icon viewers. The menu (shown above) is also available as a printer-friendly attachment. It is also found on the Icon's menu page, by clicking here.

The Inn offers six salads:
• Mediterranean
• Southwest Chicken
• Strawberry - Avocado
• Shrimp-Avocado and Roasted Corn
• Chicken Pizzazz
• Honey Orange Grilled Chicken Salad

Each salad as several add-on options.