You have ended up on a deserted island and come across a magic genie-in-a-bottle ready to grant you three food-related wishes. What are they?
A never-ending bowl of Pho.
My homemade “Carolina Reapers” hot sauce. Carolina Reapers are the hottest peppers you can get.
My Grandfather’s homemade fudge.
What are your top three drinks to make? And while we are at it, what about the three you hate the most?
Okay, first I should note that making the drink that someone will appreciate is always the best. My personal top three would be a proper Manhatten; a Nigeroni, a classic cocktail with only three portions of gin, sweet vermouth and campari; and a Sucker Punch, a new drink on our menu made with our housemade shrub and bitters.
The three drinks I hate the most to make are Bloody Mary’s, they are easy to make but I hate them; cream-based drinks, messy and sticky to clean up; and always on the list, blender drinks.
Favorite Arnie’s dish?
There is very little that I don’t like, but the Johnny Marzetti is warm and comforting.
For those of us who don’t know, the Johnny Marzetti is cavatappi pasta in a cheddar and meat sauce. Sounds perfect for a chilly day!
What do you do on your day off here in Akron?
If I have been working a lot, I don’t leave my house. If I do leave, I love heading out to the MetroParks.
What is a hope or wish for your 2017?
I am getting married in May 2017 and looking forward to the day after the wedding when all the planning and wedding obligations are over.
BOH: Matt Trainor, Chef
How long have you been at Arnie’s?
About a year.
Did you always want to cook? Who was an inspiration to your becoming a Chef?
I have always wanted to cook. As a kid I asked for an Easy Bake Oven. My inspirations were my Mother and my Grandmother. I remember sitting at the table with some amazing meal that they had created. I used to beg my Mom to make Johnny Marzetti and my Grandmother to make her potato salad.
If we came to your house for dinner what would you make for us?
Probably Sunday Brisket or Short Ribs. Something cooked low and slow with mashed potatoes. If it were in the summer maybe a Blue Crab, spicy boiled with bread to soak up the juice. Either one served with lots and lots of beer.
What is your favorite dish at Arnie’s?
My favorite here, well I made the menu, but hands down the best here is the cheeseburger. For an nostalgic factor the Apple Cider Pork Shank is good too. I love that low and slow cooking and it is a great meat eater’s dish.
What do you like to do in Akron on a day off?
When I had days off I would go fishing a lot. The spots I like are Silver Lake and Indigo Lake, though I got kicked out of Silver Lake. I like hiking, too. The Top of the World trail in Bath is great.
What would you like to see happen in 2017
I would love to see my business double, and I want to be voted the best hamburger in Akron. That would be really cool.