Our History

The Beginning 1937

The original Mary Coyle Ice Cream & Candy store opens in 1937. Located at 26 East Exchange Street in Akron, Ohio. The Coyle’s would expand to include 5 locations in the Akron area.

Mary Coyle - Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron

Only One 1951

The original Mary Coyle Ice Cream & Candies opens on Exchange Street in Akron, Ohio. They would eventually grow to 5 locations in Northeast Ohio.

Mary Coyle Ice Cream - Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron

New Owner 1963

The Highland Square Mary Coyle Ice Cream location is purchased in 1963 by Jack Coultrap. Jack would go on to operate Mary Coyle Ice Cream for 24 years.

Michael Is Hired 1967

15-year old Michael Trecaso is hired in April 1967 to serve Mary Coyle ice cream. Here he first learned the value of an honest day’s work. An important lesson he would later impart to his six children!

Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron

Trecaso's Begins 1973

In 1973, Michael Trecaso opens Michael Trecaso’s Italian Restaurant,at the age of 21. it was a full-service restaurant located in the heart University of Akron campus and just blocks away from Quaker Square shops. The restaurant specialized in homemade Italian classics made from old world family recipes. It was a place where students, famlies, and friends where able to enjoy home cooking.

After a taste contest The Akron Beacon Journal Concluded that “The ultimate pizza…would have Trecaso’s crust.” (City Visitor October, 1990)

Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron

14 Years Strong 1987

In October 1987, after 14 years of success, Michael Trecaso purchases Mary Coyle Ice Cream in Highland Square. The same store he worked at as a teenager. His mother also worked as a teenager at the Highland Square location. He made a promise to himself to maintain the standards and traditions established by Mary Coyle herself. He does this by making fresh ice cream daily, featuring delicious candies as well as collectibles.

Mary Coyle - Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron

The Move 1996

Michael moves his Italian Restaurant from its University of Akron location. The restaurant joins Mary Coyle Ice Cream in Highland Square. Michael and his family continue to serve both Mary Coyle ice cream and their home-made Italian meals. The two well known restaurants have to offer under the same roof since 1996.

Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron

A New Generation 2013

Michael Trecaso II resigns from his position as a chef at a local steakhouse in 2013. Michael II returns full time as partner of Michael Trecaso’s Restaurant. He is now the 4th generation of the Trecaso’s to serve Mary Coyle ice cream.

Michael Trecaso's Italian Restaurant Akron