The Lounge at D’Agnese’s Trattoria and Cafe on White Pond offers a modest bar menu featuring a mix of Italian and fancified bar food, all in the $4.50 to $10 range, reports Malcolm X Abram. “My sauteed mussels were plump and perfectly cooked and, man, those folks sure know their sauces, as the spicy marinara made for a complex, delicious taste-buds bath,” he writes.

Other items include a few $6 pizza options including Sicilian and vegetable. Even more affordable: The happy hour (4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday) features nearly the same menu but smaller portions in the $4-$6 range.

The Place: Lounge at D’Agnese’s

Where: 566 White Pond Drive, Akron

Why you should go: Italian food, affordable happy hour

More info: dagneseswhitepond.com