MVBRB VISITS AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT WITH AN EXCELLENT BURGER
Eighty three years ago, the Cassesse family started up a nice Italian restaurant, the MVR, in the Smoky Hollow region of Youngstown. The residents of Smoky Hollow might have changed, but the restaurant still thrives.
This month the Mahoning Valley Burger Review Board (MVBRB) checked out the MVR (Mahoning Valley Restaurant) — just to see how the burgers stack up.
The MVR has a cozy, family-oriented setting with local sports pictures on the wall and a pleasant atmosphere. The menu offers two burgers — plain and with cheese. But those burgers are loaded with flavor throughout.
“This wasn’t your regular run-of-the-mill ground beef,” co-chairman Jerry Tranovich (JT) said. “They packed a lot of flavor into a small package.”
Flavor is the key with these burgers. Everyone agreed the flavor was prominent, and blended well with the toasted bun and toppings.
The burger is very inexpensive; combine it with fries and you have an affordable meal.
“For the price, I don’t think you can beat it,” JT added.
Whether it’s students stopping by between classes, fans coming in after a game, or just the regular neighborhood crowd, the 4th generation Cassesse family keeps healthy servings of their Italian food ready for any crowd.
Who would have thought 83 years ago, a restaurant specializing in Italian food would have such an excellent burger?
“The MVR is an Italian restaurant, but that doesn’t mean they only have pasta,” JT said.
The restaurant may be a little hidden in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, and the burger may be hidden in the menu, but it’s a tasty bargain, well worth the search.
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UPDATE: MVR does have a larger burger, not on the menu, that they offer after YSU games, the “Penguin” burger! I, for one, am going back to try it!
MVBRB Rating: ☆☆☆½
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