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Belleria Pizza and Italian Restaurant
1879 State Route 59, Kent, OH 44240
Since 1953, Belleria has grown from a single shop selling exclusively pizza made according to Lena Bell's recipe to moreMore than 15 locations. The Kent store serves chicken wings and plenty of meaty sandwiches in addition to the original pizza pies, but it's still according to Mrs. Bell's recipe. It has a large, bright dining room and spacious parking lot. Carry-out is available.
Polymerics
1540 Saint Clair Ave, Kent, OH 44240

Polymerics is a rubber manufacturer. It specializes in custom rubber mixing, chemical blends and dispersions. ItMore provides recipe development for blended rubber products, extrusion troubleshooting, color matching and lab testing services.

Gionino's Pizzeria
4081 State Route 43, Kent, OH 44240

Two brothers from nearby Tallmadge founded Gionino's in the late 1980's and today there are three dozen Gionino'sMore restaurants in Northeast Ohio.

While the pizza follows an old-world recipe and is made with all fresh ingredients, Gionino's other food is just as popular as its pizza, most notably its Italiano Fried Chicken (available in two-, four-, eight-, 12-, 16-and 20-piece boxes) and fresh salad entrees including antipasto, grilled chicken and spinach salad.

Coupons are available at the Web site.

Papa John's Pizza
439 E Main St, Kent, OH 44240

Spinach Alfredo? Tuscan Six Cheese? BBQ Chicken?

Suffice to say Papa John's doesn't rely on traditional pizzaMore pie recipes. For those with truly adventurous tastes, Papa John's offers "create your own" pizzas, with any (or all) of the chain's "always fresh" ingredients and toppings represented.

Delivery options vary by store; the Kent location delivers in Kent, with appropriate minimum order. While the near-campus location has a few indoor and outdoor tables, most customers opt for delivery or carryout from this corner store. Wings, breadsticks and apple pie slices are also available here.

Catering options abound; see the website for details or to order online. You can also call the store for info.

Backerei
120 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240

The Backerei may be hard to pronounce (say "BACK-er-rye"), but it's bound to offer something to please just about anyMore palate.

Customers have been known to wait happily for fresh bread until the pepperoni loaves come out of the oven. And yes, they usually sell out in a few hours.

Soups are made fresh daily, and in general, the recipes offer a twist on old favorites like tomato basil, chicken vegetable and pumpkin.

Sweetbreads, cookies, pastries, sandwiches, coffees and juices are also offered alongside kind and helpful service. There are a few tables by the sunny front window and lots of raving fans. If you've got a favorite item or a crowd to please, order a few days ahead to give the staff a chance to get it ready. 

The Pufferbelly LTD.
152 Franklin Ave, Kent, OH 44240

Delicious, homemade food awaits visitors to The Pufferbelly LTD., housed in Kent's original train station, built inMore 1875. Inside the big brick structure guests can enjoy numerous historic photos and dine under a stagecoach  (suspended from the ceiling) that once rolled along Kent's brick streets.

While antiques rule the decor, Pufferbelly's menu is constantly updated. Vegetarian pizza, wraps, and oriental shrimp salad are on the menu, but the newer items mingle among old favorites, including the restaurant's original recipe, Chicken Pufferbelly, a hand-breaded chicken breast served over fettuccini Alfredo.

Owner Kevin Long says San Francisco Beef is another very popular menu item. The open-face sandwich is served on dark rye bread with mushroom sauce and Colby cheese, accompanied by the restaurant's homemade mashed potatoes.  

Large groups (18 or more) are welcome with reservations; a special dining section can accommodate parties. Sunday brunch is served from 11am - 2:30pm. Special events held at Pufferbelly include clam bakes, breakfast with Santa, New Year's Eve and Mardi Gras parties.  

Water Street Tavern
132 S Water St, Kent, OH 44240

Dark wooden booths and a big, classy wooden bar invite Water Street Tavern customers to relax and enjoy the "realMore bar" character as soon as they walk in. But even before they find a seat, smells wafting from the kitchen will be hard to ignore. That's the beauty of having Cajun Dave's cooking inside. 

Not only is the beverage list extensive, the food can't be beat. Daily pizza pie recipes often feature seafood and innovative combinations. Warm weather means food and beverages can be enjoyed on the rooftop patio. 

Live music can be enjoyed at the popular bar at least twice a week. The booths and bar stools are often full, so if you're meeting friends at Water Street, wear comfortable shoes, you may have to stand a while before you snag a seat.

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