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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:00 am

Warren spot to feature organic cheese

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

A new eatery in Warren will open Saturday, featuring house-made cheese from one of the state's first organic cheese plants.

Golfo di Napoli Dairy is owned by a Neapolitan family and will have a menu that includes house-made mozzarella and burrata as well as other South Italian specialties such as freselle, panini, salads and cheese boards.

In addition to food, the cafe will serve a variety of Italian coffees such as espresso, cappuccino, caffe crema, as well as granita and gelato. Italian-imported wine, Peroni beer and prosecco will also be on the menu.

The cafe is the project of Italian entrepreneur Antonio Somma, who owns the cheese plant. Somma collaborated with an interior design studio, Bilodunk, and Italian dairy equipment company Comat.

The eatery and its full menu will also be available for private-event bookings as well as business catering.

Somma collaborated with an Italian family of cheesemakers with three generations of experience in the dairy business to open the factory.

The $9.5 million Golfo di Napoli Dairy production facility as well as the cafe have been fully imported and installed by Comat.

The dairy is at 7916 S. Warren Road.

Mozzarella, ricotta and burrata are already being made at the factory from local, organic milk and will be available for purchase at the deli area. Other cheeses such as provolone and caciocavallo will be available in December.

Visitors will also be able to buy other specialty items from Italy such as tuna in olive oil, marinated vegetables and house-brand wine.

Cafe hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Shopoff's closing

The iconic steakhouse Shopoff's will close its doors after 34 years in operation.

The restaurant on U.S. 24 southwest of Fort Wayne – about 3 miles from Interstate 69 – will serve its last hand-cut steaks and Macedonian salads Aug. 31.

Bobby and Doris Shopoff opened the restaurant in 1985 with one bar stool.

Known as Dedo, Bobby Shopoff is retiring to spend time with his grandchildren.

The plans for the restaurant are unknown.

Dinner series

Indiana-produced Maple Leaf Farms duck will be on the menu at the Fort Wayne Ruth's Chris Steak House location for a special dinner series Monday.

The Ruth's Chris TasteMaker Dinner Series is a nationwide event that allows guests to sample fine wine alongside a specially curated menu.

The dinner is inspired by one of France's most renowned vineyards and will feature five courses of specially crafted dishes, including a duck cassoulet.

Maple Leaf Farms Duck Confit & White Bean Cassoulet will be the second course. Cassoulet is a rich, slow-cooked casserole that originated in southern France.

The rest of the meal will feature dishes such as lobster agnolotti, filet mignon and a classic French apple tarte tatin. Seating for each dinner is limited, so guests are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

For more information, go to www.ruthschris.com.

Club Room update

The Club Room at The Clyde has added new items to its lunch and dinner menus. Chef Brady Smith has created new monthly features for salads, appetizers, entrées, desserts and drink specials that complement the regular menu. Different items will be featured each month.

August features include a crab cake appetizer, a garden-fresh spinach salad, grilled mahi mahi and caprese chicken breast entrées, along with a delicious Italian lemon cream cake for dessert.

The Club Room has expanded its offering of desserts, which are all made from scratch locally, created by Sweetwater pastry chef Stephanie Haberstock.

In conjunction with new Blues Jam Sessions on Mondays, The Club Room is now offering all-you-can-eat BBQ for $15 from 7 to 10 p.m. for $15. The live music from 8 to 10 p.m. is hosted by local blues favorite G-Money and his special guests. There are draft beer and drink specials all night as well, with no cover charge.

In addition to Monday's Blues Jam Sessions, The Club Room features live music on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Around town

• Building on the success of its cauliflower pizza, the new features menu at Casa Restaurants includes a spaghetti squash bolognese. The dish, which is keto-friendly, features strands of the winter squash with a sauce made with ground beef, ground sausage, onions, garlic, chianti, carrots, celery and plum tomatoes. Other featured dishes include a spicy Italian beef pizza, prime rib salad and chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The menu is available through the end of September.

BurgerFi recently launched its Fi'ed Chicken Tenders at all restaurants nationwide after the success and popularity of their Fi'ed Chicken Sandwich. The tenders, which are made with all-natural, free-range chicken, can be served with a choice of dipping sauce including Fi Sauce, bacon jalapeño ranch, honey mustard BBQ, Memphis sweet BBQ or garlic aioli. The tenders are a permanent addition to BurgerFi menu.

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