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Authentic Italian restaurant set to open Aug. 22 in Uptown Norwalk

Scott Seitz2 • Aug 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Local residents appear to be in for a real treat.

The Segedi family will open Mia Famiglia's Uptown Cafe at 11 a.m. Aug. 22.

The restaurant is located at 5 E. Main St.

Mia Famiglia's will feature authentic Italian cuisine.

"My wife and I were looking to open a restaurant in the Northeast Ohio area," Raymond Segedi said.

"We've been looking for the past year and half for the right opportunity," he added. "It was brought to my attention to take a look at Norwalk."

The Segedis, of Elyria, then visited the former Uptown Cafe location.

The family found out about the location through an ad placed by building owner Stan Obrenovich.

Brandace Segedi, Raymond's wife, will serve as head chef at the restaurant.

"This will be a full-blown Italian restaurant right here in the downtown," Raymond said.

Stuffed shells, penne pasta, manicotti and pizza are just a few of the menu items.

The Segedis children, Martin, 20, Miya, 16, and Giovanni, 12, are also involved with the restaurant in different capacities.

Not counting family members, Raymond said the restaurant will employ about seven people.

Restaurant hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Pastas will be the name of the game at Mia Famiglia's.

"Traditional entrees," Brandace said.

The Segedis are excited for Norwalk residents to taste the food.

"I think it's going to be a very enjoyable experience," Raymond said.

Brandace said the dishes will be comparable to what is served at the Little Italy restaurants in Cleveland.

"This is real Italian food," she added.

Children are more than welcome at Mia Famiglia's.

"The kids' size will be a half-portion of an adult order," Brandace said.

The table will be decorated in stylish tablecloths.

"This will be a nice dining experience," Raymond said.

The Segedis had a bit of work to do to prepare the restaurant for the Aug. 22 opening.

"Changing the menu," Raymond said was the first thing.

"We also had some cleanup work," Brandace added.

"There is a new kitchen and new kitchen floors," Raymond said. "We also uncluttered the restaurant. We are huge on quality and huge on cleanliness."

Customer service is also a top priority.

"Everyone will be greeted when they walk through the door," Brandace said.

"We're super-excited," Raymond said.

The Segedis want to establish a family atmosphere.

"Food brings people together," Brandace said.

Portions will be large.

"There's no question people will get their dollar's worth," Raymond said.

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