Are you in the mood for Italian food? Do you live in the suburbs of Cleveland? Of course, you could go to a big chain restaurant like Olive Garden or Carrabba's Italian Grill. But why do that when there is delicious Italian food to be found at locally-owned restaurants in the area?
Here are 4 great Italian restaurants in Cleveland's suburbs, listed in no particular order.
If you want an elegant fine dining experience, you should check out this restaurant in Beachwood. Their dishes feature handmade pasta and high-quality seafood and meat. Customers recommend dishes like the veal scallopini and bone-in ribeye. Giovanni's also has an extensive list of wines, and if you have room for dessert, check out the crème brûlée and tiramisu.
Giovanni's is located at 25550 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122.
Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
This restaurant is a local favorite of Berea residents. Customer favorites include the veal marsala, chicken Jo Jo Carloni, and eggplant parmesan. They also serve great pizza with dough and sauce that's made fresh daily. If you have room for dessert, check out the cannoli, tiramisu, and jumbo cupcakes.
Jo Jo Carloni's is located at 627 W Bagley Rd, Berea, OH 44017.
Pastina Rustic Italian Restaurant
If you live on the eastside, you should check out this restaurant in Mentor. Their dishes are made with fresh local ingredients, and their pasta is homemade and made fresh daily with "organically-grown grains from a small batch farmer in California." Customers recommend the hand crafted cavatelli and the house made ravioli. In addition to a list of red and white wines, Pastina serves great cocktails.
Pastina is located at 9354 Mentor Ave #1, Mentor, OH 44060.
Stella Mia Ristorante
Stella Mia is a local gem in Westlake, Ohio. Customer favorites include the chicken marsala and tortellini di mare (cheese stuffed tortellini and seafood covered in a rich parmesan lobster cream sauce). If you have room for dessert, the tiramisu and lemon-berry mascarpone cake are a must. Stella Mia also has happy hour from 4 to 6 PM with $8 martinis, $7 cheese ravioli, and $8 flatbread pizza.
Stella Mia is located at 28751 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145.