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The chefs at Acappella at Playhouse Square craft a menu of pastas, veal, and seafood dishes in an eatery conveniently located near Cleveland State University and Playhouse Square. Dinnertime diners can savor the tender medallions inhabiting the veal parmesan ($21.95) or admire the youthful exuberance of the pasta primavera, which is crowned like an Italian beauty queen in fresh seasonal vegetables, alfredo sauce, and a dollop of marinara ($15.95). Alternatively, Groupon holders can quell midday cravings with a lunch portion of seafood pasta ($10.95) or sink their forks into baked chicken parmesan ($6.95). The restaurant's close proximity to Playhouse Square also makes it an ideal spot for couples to commence a night on the town or for hecklers to pick up fresh tomatoes before a show.

1621 Euclid Ave
Cleveland,
OH
US

In downtown Cleveland, if you're looking for delicious pizza, look no further than Vincenza’s Pizza and Pasta. Open for lunch and early dinner, choose from a variety of made to order dishes, including pizza, pastas and salads. Grab a slice, or a homemade deli sandwich, and bite into only the freshest ingredients. With affordable prices and delicious food, everyone is sure to enjoy their meal. Try something new today!

603 Prospect Ave E
Cleveland,
OH
US

La Strada’s expansive space has “the ambiance of dining on an Italian piazza after sunset” according to Cleveland Magazine. Distressed paint covers the walls in muted colors, and unfinished wood trim balances the ornate framework around the bar. Eclectic sculptures stand in nooks or sneak out to watch wall projections of black-and-white movies like the Fellini film for which the La Strada was named.

Like the vagabonds followed by Fellini's camera, the restaurant's menu roams from place to place. The kitchen staff employs premium ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, and artisan cheese in dishes inspired by the traditions of Italy and the Mediterranean. Flatbread pizzas get crowned with kalamata olives, feta, and hummus, and pastas are tossed with a variety of vegetables. Varied seating lets patrons huddle in pairs, dine out of doors, or pass the time playing telephone at family-sized tables that seat up to 12.

2050 E 4th St
Cleveland,
OH
US

Inspired by Cleveland restaurateur and chef, Zack Bruell, Chinato creates a warm and friendly fine-dining experience in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Open for both lunch and dinner, Chinato’s menu specializes in delicious and authentic Italian cuisine. For lunch, there is a variety of antipasti such as fried baby artichokes, salumi, and Tuscan onion soup. There are also several entrees, pastas, and salads from which to choose. During dinner service, they step it up a notch with gourmet pizza, cheese board selections, and entrees like beef tongue with escarole, and more familiar dishes of scallops, stuffed swordfish, and braised beef. Everything is expertly prepared, and ensures an unforgettable experience at Chinato.

2079 E 4th St
Cleveland,
OH
US

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.

1281 W 9th St
Cleveland,
OH
US

Reddstone head chef Jeff James draws on ingredients culled from Cleveland’s local farms and shops to craft a menu of Asian-inspired appetizers, grilled sirloin burgers, and pizzas laden with innovative toppings such as fried squid and duck confit. Traditional pub taters take a gourmet turn with chipotle ketchup and truffle aioli dips, and chopsticks strain and splinter as they attempt to lift hefty asian reubens laden with schezuan corned beef and kim chi. The bar’s taps issue forth frosty cascades of beer to soothe tongues overheated by the surf 'n' turf pizza’s sriracha tomato sauce or the Cleveland Heart Attack’s spicy italian sausages and smoked bacon. The leafy shade of an alfresco patio contrasts with the interior's charming brick walls and pressed-tin ceiling, and the polyrhythms of live jazz music mirror the menu’s distinctive cross-section of culinary themes.

2221 Professor Ave
Cleveland,
OH
US