Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Crush House At Gervasi Vineyard

Photos by OHventures

1700 55th St NE
Canton, OH ‎44721
(330) 497-1000

Unveiled to the public on October 1, 2013, The Crush House is the latest addition to the massively impressive Gervasi Vineyard and Italian Bistro, located in Canton. As I sit in the brand new restaurant, I am sipping on a glass of perfectly crafted cabernet savignon, listening to soothing sounds of live and local acoustic music, and admiring the dim and inviting red-tinted lighting. 

I have my computer hooked up to the free wi-fi and hear the chatter of dozens of diners as I scan the extensive menu - the kind that has so many tantalizing options that you have difficulty choosing what you'll order (one of everything, please!). Will it be crispy fig crostadas for a starter paired with a shrimp and chorizo pastina bowl? Or perhaps a cup of tuscan kale and white bean soup zuppa with a steak florentine piada flatbread sandwich? Thankfully, the menu displays which wines pair best with which menu items (in my case, it looks like the steak florentine wins, since I'm drinking the abbraccio).

While the food and wine are stellar staples of The Crush House, the real star of the show is honestly the aesthetic appeal. The restaurant-winery-wine bar-coffee shop combo was a $4 million dollar project nestled in the rear of the Gervasi property. The slick, modern establishment is nothing short of stunning, and it is clear that the folks at Gervasi have certainly outdone themselves.

A 58-foot winding bar, a stainless steel wine production room, and a maginificent second floor with one-of-a-kind jaw-dropping decorative chandeliers made of wine bottles are just some of the many highlights found 
within. Even the bathroom sinks are wine themed!

Even on a rainy Wednesday night in November, Gervasi's Crush House is buzzing with patrons. It attracts a slightly younger and more diverse crowd than the nearby bistro and villas found on Gervasi's grounds, and looks like something straight out of Napa Valley, California. It's a prime example of Canton's exciting offerings for millennials who are local or who are making Canton a weekend destination.

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