When La Dolce Vita Bistro's chefs aren't serving the crowds of diners during Little Italy's annual Feast of the Assumption Festival, they craft iconic Old-World cuisine for the restaurant's diners. The chefs dedicate themselves to the dishes' original flavors by ordering entire bales of Italian parsley and importing plum tomatoes through the Atlantic Ocean's subterranean tunnels. These ingredients add a distinctive Italian essence to the menu of oven-crisped pizzas, freshly blanched pastas, and sautéed veal tenderloins. Outside the kitchen, the atmosphere gets a dose of Italian essence from classic Italian films that, according to Gayot, are screened against the dining room's back wall. While taking orders, servers can help diners complete their meals by recommending wines from the 200-bottle-strong list.
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).
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.
The recipes for Rocky's Pizzeria & Restaurant’s dishes—including chicken parmigiana, veal cutlet, and seafood linguine—were first created generations ago. Diners can feast on specialty pizzas with unique toppings, such as the spaghetti-and-meatball pizza and Grandpa Larry’s Pizza, which features hot peppers sautéed in garlic and olive oil, mushrooms, onions, sausage, and a provolone-cheese blanket. The chefs’ housemade rolls serve as the base for sandwiches—and as backup napkins for hearty eaters.
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.
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.