Akron Italian Center serves up spaghetti dinners

Courtney Kerrigan

For some, it’s taco Tuesdays. For others, it’s fish Fridays. For Akron’s Italian Center, it’s spaghetti Thursdays.

On the corner of Tallmadge Avenue and Main Street, this tasty tradition features spaghetti dinners every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The dinner includes bread, salad, spaghetti, cake and coffee for $7 per adult and $6 per child.

“We serve from 450 to 500 people every Thursday depending on the night,” said Dominic Rizzo, organizer of the spaghetti dinners.

As a nonprofit club, the Italian Center caters to the Italian society in the Akron area. Rizzo said the money from the dinners goes toward the upkeep of the center.

Rizzo said the idea originated in 1988 when the presidents of the men’s society and women’s society agreed to provide spaghetti dinners in order to raise funds for the organization.

Rizzo also organizes spaghetti dinner fundraisers for high schools and charitable organizations.

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