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Nomi's Eats 'N Sweets opens on West Main Street

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 7:36 p.m.
Joy Pensiero (from left) and Cassidy Ringler, both of Ligonier,stand behind the baked goods counter at Nomi’s Eats ' N Sweets. The new eatery recently opened its doors on West Main Street in Ligonier. Photo taken by Cami DiBattista Oct. 2, 2012 in Ligonier Cami DiBattista | For the Ligonier Echo

Homemade meals from scratch and fresh baked good are the specialty at a new eatery in Ligonier. Nomi's Eats ‘N Sweets opened its doors recently at 337 rear W. Main St.

Owner Joy Pensiero of Ligonier said she has enjoyed cooking from a very early age and learned to cook at her mother's knee. And her mother, Naomi Neiderhiser, 82, of Ligonier, is still cooking with her today — right beside her at the restaurant named in her honor.

“We decided to name it after Naomi since she is famous around here for her pies and chicken salad and most of the things we make are from her recipes,” said Cassidy Ringler, who works alongside Pensiero at the new restaurant.

The women prepare a different lunch special every day, two dinner choices and an array of homemade breads and sweets.

“We keep it limited so we can handle it,” said Pensiero, “But since we don't have a big menu, we can offer both lunch and dinner all day.”

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. – noon Saturday. The establishment has seating for nine and offers an intimate experience, Pensiero said. When the idea to open a restaurant came about, Pensiero and Ringler immediately knew they wanted to prepare home-style, comfort food.

Chicken noodle soup, chili with corn bread, stuffed peppers with mashed potatoes and country fried steak are just some of the options offered. Dinners range in price from $10 - $15.

“We like to mix it up. We get inspiration from everywhere — magazines, food blogs. It's always made from scratch though,” said Ringler.

The women share all the work — from baking to prep to menu planning.

“We all just really love to cook and bake,” said Ringler.Cami DiBattista is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.