This fest is Italian, but not completely


One of the main draws of the Greater Youngstown Italian Festival is the food.

And there’s plenty of it — stromboli, cavatells, Italian sausage, meatball subs, chicken parm, gyros, French fries, elephant ears, stuffed Hungarian peppers, Mexican food, ribs, and, uh, back up a bit.

While there are several authentic Italian food choices, there are many non-Italian options.

Holding a Greek gyro in his hand and talking about eating stuffed Hungarian peppers, Jeff Jones of Youngstown laughed when asked if he was going to eat Italian food.

“I’m making a tour of the world with food,” he said. “I’m going to have a little bit of everything. I’ll need a wheelchair when I am done.”

Even though there’s nothing Italian on the menu, business was good Friday and Saturday, the first two days of the festival in downtown Youngstown, for Vlahos Green Gyros, said Alexandra Vlahos, its owner.

The event concludes Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Vlahos’ new creation, a chocolate gyro, was selling well. Instead of meat, the gyro is filled with shaved chocolate, strawberries, bananas and whipped cream.

Read more about the food and the fest in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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