Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
Slicing cold cuts and heaping hot pastrami into munchable mounds for more than 30 years, Jack's Deli and Restaurant offers an expansive array of classic deli fare. Retro-deli devotees are sated with a voluminous menu packed with sandwiches, such as the Hot Romanian Pastrami ($8.95) or House Turkey Off the Bone ($8.95), served on rye, wheat, challah, pumpernickel, and more. Credentialed chefs craft a bevy of specialties, such as the Maidlach ($11.95) with nova lox, cream cheese, tuna salad, and whitefish salad served on three mini bagels. Leaving nothing to the imagination, the roasted beef brisket ($10.95) is served open-faced and piping hot, with mashed potatoes and gravy or french fries. The chicken club ($9.95) takes up massive grill real estate with grilled chicken breast and grilled pastrami served on thick, grilled challah. Diners can also have their taste sponges soak up smile-inducing flavors by sampling the stuffed cabbage ($13.95) with fresh ground beef rolled into succulent, young cabbage leaves and bathed in savory sweet-and-sour sauce. With complete disregard for the sun's uncontrollable envy of the moon, breakfast is served all day, offering dishes such as the homemade corned-beef hash ($7.25) with poached eggs.
Like many minor-league baseball teams, the Captains didn't start out with their current name or even in their current state. The Columbus Indians (from Columbus, Georgia) were founded in 1991, and a year later, they became the RedStixx. It wasn't until 2003 that the franchise moved to Eastlake, Ohio, where they adopted the Captains moniker and caught their first bluegill. That same year, the newly established Captains treated Eastlake fans to a 97-win season and a trip to the South Atlantic League championship.
It was also in 2003 that the gates opened to Classic Park. The 6,150-seat facility features a grassy berm above its outfield walls and mixes nostalgic charm with modern features. Over the years, Classic Park has hosted many future big leaguers and many classic moments, including the Captains' first-ever championship season in 2010—the team's inaugural year as part of the Midwest League.
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).