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.
If you're looking for a restaurant that feels like a home away from home, Pepper's has got you covered--this family-owned Lakewood establishment has Italian food that's truly authentic. The food here is top-of-the-line comfort food, and you can count on it to be consistently delicious every time you drop by. Start your Italian feast with some hot, delicious garlic bread, or maybe some calamari, then pick from any one of Pepper's entrees. From veal piccata, to chicken parmesan, to lasagna--you can't go wrong! Locals particularly love the margherita pizza and the spinach ravioli with vodka sauce. Get something a little healthy with a side salad, or just go whole-hog and save room for some delicious Italian desserts. Cannolis, anyone?
Brennan's Catering fuels office parties and holiday hoedowns across northeast Ohio with a diverse menu of dishes. Fifteen plump dinner rolls stuffed with honey-roasted ham, smoked turkey, and roast beef huddle on the mini sandwich platter ($35), and the jumbo-shrimp cocktail platter washes 30 pristine prawns with fresh, cleansing lemon wedges in a tub of spicy homemade sauce ($40). Steal some warmth from the toasty pairing of boneless lemon-pepper chicken ($60) and piping-hot potato and cheese pierogies ($40), each of which can fill 15–20 stomachs when scooped out of their snug aluminum bunks.
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.