The pizza-making prodigies at Carmino’s cover their doughy palettes with generous layers of sauce and cheese before piling them high with succulent meats and crisp veggies, resulting in baked creations to appease enlightened taste buds. Myriad pie packers range from fan-favorite pepperonis, sausages, and green peppers to healthful heaps of broccoli, carrots, and zucchinis; or choose specialty toppings such as roasted red peppers and chicken. Customers conspiring to abscond the authoritarian reign of tomato sauce can choose between two tasty alternatives in garlic butter or butter sauce.
Family-owned Bruno's Ristorante, an official caterer to Bernie Kosar and the Cleveland Gladiators with authentic Italian eats that have been lauded on Cleveland.com, piles pastas, paninis, and entrees on plates for lunch and dinner. As they lounge in an intimate 40-seat dining room, guests can array their tables with homemade gnocchi steeped in blush sauce ($11.95) or play high-stakes games of edible Jenga with lasagna layers ($13.95). Bruno's Famous linguine alla pescatore dapples a field of pasta with light marinara sauce and sautéed seafood ($22.95), and the vitello con carciofi's veal medallions roll past rations of marsala, cream, and artichokes ($17.95). The friendly, knowledgable staff at Bruno's is happy to recommend a pairing for any dish from the vibrant wine list (not included with this Groupon).
Steaming marinara and melted mozzarella are the glues that most often hold down Casamel's Pizza fresh toppings, although a garlicky white sauce is also available to unite pepperoni with fresh-cut mushrooms or ham with pineapple. Beyond the outskirts of hand-tossed pizzas, thick meatball subs join plump calzones, hearty pastas, and wings slathered in zesty barbecue sauce. Patrons can grab a seat and enjoy dessert cinnamon sticks in house, or request delivery service for a convenient meal at home, the office, or on a life raft.
Verso has expanded the traditional range of Italian fare to include Verso chips ($7), a deliciously seasoned stack of house-made potato chips heaped with provolone cheese, chunks of bacon, and green onion. Basic pizzas range from $6 to $16 to start, depending on size and shape (circle or sheet—sheets require 12 to 24 hours of advance notice to ensure their 800-thread-count goodness). Try a specialty option, such as a Caribbean ($18 for a large), topped with honey-lime oil, provolone, jerk chicken, mangos, caramelized onions, and cilantro. Sandwiches are available for easy gripping—bite into a chicken Philly ($7) with roasted chicken, sautéed peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheese served on a hoagie. Pasta ranges from $9 to $11, with meaty additions running an extra $2 to $3, and comes in every imaginable shape and length, including whole-wheat penne. Wash it all down with a variety of $2 beverages, or imbibe from the beer and wine lists ($4 to $16).
Named Best Gourmet Pizza in 2010 by Cleveland Magazine, Angelo's Pizza's experienced dough-flingers conjure pies with freshly made sauce and crust alongside other Italian eats. Pizza incarnations range from the basic original with choice of toppings ($8.19+) to pies of a more radical aesthetic, such as the chicken mac 'n' cheese ($12.95–$22.25) and Acapulco barbecue chicken with pineapple and cinnamon ($12.95–$22.25). Pasta seekers can revel in spaghetti, cavatelli, penne, or fettuccini with veggie or meat toppings ($6.99–$12.29), ideal for satisfying midmeal urges to jump rope. The drink menu boasts local brews such as Great Lakes Dortmunder, as well as whites, reds, and soft drinks. Committed to customer service, Angelo's insists that patrons not 100% pleased with their eats get a replacement dish or a credit for their next visit.
West Park Station simultaneously pleases international- and domestic-leaning palates with a trio of Italian, Irish, and American menus and a United Nations of libations and sudsy brews. Starters such as the Erin-Go-Brie—puffed-pastry-wrapped brie served with fruit accouterments—blazes a path toward the main course, leaving a trail of ciabatta behind ($10.50). Fungus fanatics can chomp the portobello-mushroom sandwich cloaked in provolone and basil pesto on a grilled brioche bun ($10). The beer-battered fish 'n' chips ($11.25) and slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage ($11) transport diners to Ireland and Mom's homemade meatloaf sandwich reminds diners to make their beds ($7). A late-night menu, served until midnight Sunday–Thursday and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, keeps night owls fed.
At Gillespie's Map Room, a glistening row of taps pours forth mouthwatering glassfuls of tasty suds while ovens roast cheesy discuses of thin-crust pizza to crispy perfection. Nestled in the Warehouse District, a stone's throw away from Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field, Gillespie's Map Room relishes in its location at the heart of Cleveland's bustling nightlife neighborhood, as well as the adrenaline gland of the city's boisterous sports center. A no-frills row-house façade decked in humming neon shamrocks and wood-lined glass panels exudes a heartwarming turn-of-the-century charm. Inside, an interior of rough brick walls, live acoustic music, and a roaring fireplace frames relaxing post-shift beers and hearty meals of chili-topped hot dogs or pollock-fillet fish 'n' chips with welcoming hominess.