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Sapori Italian Grille
Sapori Italian Grille

Sapori Italian Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saporiitaliangrille.com
  • Phone: (440) 933-4360
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, American
  • Executive Chef: Joseph M. Truscello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Electric Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sapori Italian Grille
SAPORI ITALIAN GRILLE offers an enchanting atmosphere and ambiance reminiscent of the "off the beaten path" gems of Italy. We specialize in over a dozen sautéed pasta dishes, veal and chicken entrees, as well as hand cut, dry aged steaks and chops, decadent locally made desserts and a wine list with nearly 100 selections. We will be glad to prepare any of our dishes to accommodate all of your special dietary needs or requirements. Private parties and catering available - reservations suggested on Friday & Saturday.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Portion sizes were plentiful. Probably the best calamari I've ever had. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Prices were very reasonable. Nice find"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Sapori continues to be one of our favorites. Great food, wine, and service. They make you feel like family."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We have been to Sapori repeatedly over the last several months. Each time they surpass our expectations. The veal is always excellent and we could not ask for better service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A wonderful surprise...warm and friendly service, great food, and gluten free pasta that was delicious! A definite repeater!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "If I could cook like this, we'd never eat out. We've eaten here a half dozen times and have found a new favorite almost every time. Get here before the whole town finds out about it, or you'll be dining at 9pm!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have visited for both lunch and dinner and have enjoyed both steak and pasta. All the food has been great, and, on our last visit, Garrett provided excellent service on a very crowded Saturday night."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We ate on the patio,it was a very nice evening.The server was very nice and friendly. The food was good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Previously, you would have to travel downtown to find a fine Italian restaurant. Now Sapori provides incredibly mouthwatering cuisine with homemade flavor from Italy. We took my mom, who is from Italy and a discerning diner, to Sapori. She was impressed with the simple tomato sauce made with imported tomatoes. I loved the unique blend of chicken, sausage, peppers and onions in a light pomodoro sauce. The wine selection has many fine choices at fair prices. This is now my choice for fine Italian dining on the westside."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This is one of our go to places. Food is always great, good portions at a reasonable price."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our 4th visit to Sapori's and as always the food was amazing as were the wine selections. For some reason, however, the service was way too slow - to be clear, it wasn't very busy when we arrived and so we were greeted and taken care of for appetizers and drinks right away. But the restaurant filled up quickly and our server couldn't keep up with the demand, so we ended the evening by having to ask for boxes for our leftovers and to ask for the check, and when that came, the bill wasn't properly split so there was an additional wait to have that resolved. All in all, it's a wonderful place and we will return again soon!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Brought our local community monthly dinner to the restaurant this month. It was a good way for all of us to try this new restaurant. No one in the group of eleven had been here before. We had a large selection of various entrees. All were delicious and well prepared. We were all happy to have found a new "good" restaurant."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food is way above average and the drinks and wine are ample."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit with out-of- town friends. Everything was great! Starting with the salad, 4 different entrees and a dessert, no one was disappointed. They are not open on Sundays. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was our first time there and we took friends. The food was outstanding but the whole serving staff very disjointed and no one knew what the other one was doing. They delivered salads before appetizers. When we were not even finished with salad the main courses arrived. Terrible timing. Waitress seemed like a real dumb blond who would pour wine for one person and not the second one. Wine was put out of reach from our table. When we got there we were told our table wasn't ready even though we had a reservation. We were told to go to the bar and order a drink. Well, after 10 minutes the bar tender still didn't have time to take our order!!! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was my first visit to the restaurant since the new ownership. The food and service were very good. Our server was knowledgeable about the specials and helpful when making our choices. I had a veal and pasta dish and the veal was tender and the pasta was fresh with perfect texture. My friend ordered the lasagna special and true to the waitress's description, it was huge and delicious! Not swimming in sauce yet not dry. The grated cheese around the rim of the dish was a lovely finish. We were pleased with the wine list that ranged from very affordable to "let's try this one for a special occasion". Sapori will definitely be an option when deciding where to dine out!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was very good i will go back, waiter messed up my salad and dinner entree he seamed very confused"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had hoped that this restaurant would be good so we don't have to drive to Westlake and eat at Carrabbas for a good Italian meal but it didn't turn out that way. The side salad was just some greens, onions and shredded cheese. Not worth $4.50. Chicken Parm consisted of dry overcooked chicken and cheese with virtually no tomato sauce. The pasta that came with the meal was obviously previously cooked and reheated spaghetti since it came out as a congealed glob. The chicken marsala consisted of tender chicken and a very bland and tasteless marsala sauce with mushrooms. The entire meal was an overpriced disappointment. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Took some time to get our wine (we were almost done with appetizer and salads). That aside, everything else was great. The calamari was excellent (we love the bits of fried pepperoncini) and the salad was very tasty as well. Wife had the veal parmigiana which was excellent and I had the lasagna, which was hands down the best lasagna I have ever had! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is a real gem!! We were greeted by friendly staff as we walked in and the experience thereafter was nothing less than superb. The selection of specials was so varied along with the standard menu that we had a challenge just to decide what to have for dinner. The food was delicious and the wine list was varied with choices for by the glass or by the bottle. We were most impressed with the friendliness of the staff, and in particular, the owner/chef came out to talk personally with us to see if we enjoyed our meal. We haven't received this much attention anywhere else in NE Ohio. And, as I said, to top it off the food was superb. The pasta is exceptional but we also had steak and Norwegian salmon - both truly delectable."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I really like the ambiance and the food at Sapori. The service was good and helpful, but not very experienced. I've been here more than once and will definitely go again. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "All around good experience with outstanding food. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Went with my daughter and son in law. We all had different dinners and they were all great. Will certainly make a point of going there more frequently."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Restaurant is quite small, long and narrow. Not designed very efficiently. Table was ready at time of res. Was crowded and loud, more than I'd like, due to a favorable review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer a couple of weeks before, and an uncovered brick wall on one side. As a result service was rather slow and spotty, although the staff did "try". They were out of two or three of the most popular wines and a couple of dishes - not good for early on a Saturday night. Our appetizer was very slow, arrived simultaneously with salads, and as the table was rather small we had a hard time placing things. The bread was fresh and HOT. It was Great! The food, once it came, was fresh & hot, portions were fairly generous & prices reasonable too."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "A laid back, local place tucked back in the corner of a strip; across the street from the Lake - we enjoyed a leisurely drive out and back on Lake Rd looking at the fabulous houses. Once there, we really enjoyed the meal. Want to try their meatballs? They'll bring one topped with a terrific red sauce. Scallops with white beans and arugula were as good as any I've had, and a perfect detour from the pasta/carbs I was trying to avoid. My husband jumped into their pasta Amatriciana - just the site of this STEAMING plate of pasta was amazing. Tired of lukewarm meals hitting your table? Not here...the pasta choices have your mouth watering just reading the menu. The chef wanders to tables checking on your experience. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "first time here was with 3 others and all 4 of us loved are meals and service was great!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I wanted to have a date night which went very well because of the ambiance and fabulous food we had at Sapori. We started off with a great bottle of Meritage, which was a bit difficult to choose because they had such a nice selection of wines by the bottle to choose from. I had the special that evening which was ravioli's in a delightful cream sauce, and my boyfriend had the pork chops that were flavorful, and so tender. We ended with a flour less chocolate dessert that was made with pinot noir and it was to die for! Everything from the ambiance, the service, and our food was spectacular and we will be back to this quaint rustic restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The first thing I noticed was that it was a very long and narrow space. Well appointed and cozy. White table cloths on the tables and quickly seated. They were about 3/4 full. They had a very nice wine list with a number of reasonably priced selections. I had the Gorgonzola sauce pasta with sausage and my wife had the special which was a lasagna. Both items were very good. We did not have room for desert but several items were tempting. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Joe the owner is a fantastic host. The food is incredible. I rate Italian restaurants by their gnocchi and his is the best I have has anywhere."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We kept seeing our friends at this place via facebook and decided to go. Food was delicious. Waitress was friendly. The chef dropped by to say hello. Great ambience. Small and cozy. As much as we are happy it is family friendly. But couples need a nice place like SAPORI for date nights. This is truly one of that kind of place. Hope they will keep it that way and not go too big - both in space and crowd. Perfect as is."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I had a coupon and took some friends and our dinners were amazing. Two in the party were vegetarians and there were so many items to choose from they were in heaven. The chef went around the restaurant and greeted everybody and answered any questions. Service was quick and very friendly."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Waited for 20 mins after being seated and never had a waitress. Several walked by and ignored us. Plenty of workers just plain rude. Not well managed. Restaurant needs to improve ventilation system as the smoke and stench of burned bread was heavy. This place is small so the fact of being ignored while several different servers hurried past and made eye contact is not acceptable. We never had water or anything. Other tables had been waiting much longer than us, they finished there bread and water and were finally asked if they wanted any drinks. They were told at least 40 mins for food. I would not waste your time with this place. They couldn't handle a Saturday night crowd that was not very busy."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Sapori on the Saturday after Valentine's Day. The food we ordered was good, but the service and the ambiance was univiting. I believe they were way understaffed, only two servers that we could see. We had to ask for refills on our waters several times and being near the door on a cold February night did not provide for a enjoyable dinner out."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at the Sapori Italian Grille on Valentine's Day. The service was fantastic. The owner/chef stopped by our table two times to make sure everything was to our liking. He also made a great recommendation on a bottle of wine. The waitress was very attentive and personable. The food was very good. The pasta tasted homemade. I had a wonderful grilled salmon. My husband had a very flavorful ribeye steak. Dessert was a melt in your mouth brownie with salted carmel drizzled on top and vanilla icecream. Portions are very big and prices very reasonable. We look forward to going back again soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Amazing neighborhood gem. We've had every dish on the menu, none should be ignored. Generous portions, tasty, inventive. So friendly that you want to go back again and again."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We are so glad to have this restaurant in our neighborhood. The quality and taste was excellent. I often order Veal entrees in an Italian restaurant and theirs was fantastic. We also appreciate the location in a historic building."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "FIrst time there. We all really enjoyed our meals. Our table had steak, sea bass, and two kinds of pasta and there was not a complaint about anything! Nice staff and a cozy atmosphere on a very cold night."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I would recommend the mussels. They were piping hot. Great portion on the veal dishes. We were pleased to meet one of the new owners of the restaurant. Wish them luck!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Several months into new ownership and no wine list - nothing. Verbally suggested a few wines. Cheap price points. The one we were recommended was $22. Drinkable-but room temperature red Italian wine. Chef/owner came to visit...nice touch. Seafood dish and pasta too overloaded with olive oil. We wanted to like the place, but found little reason to return. Very long wait for food. Probably understaffed kitchen and floor-waitress was stressed and they had no wait and a table or two open. (We saw one man take his empty bread basket to the kitchen for refill because he was tired of waiting) Maybe in six months they'll have their act together."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We thought the menu selections were good, and prices VERY reasonable. We found the wait staff to be rather scattered and disorganized. We were rather shocked that they had no wine list to offer guests. Even the wines available typed out on a sheet of paper would have done. We thought the food was good, but not outstanding. We feel they have to work out some bugs before this restaurant stands out. We will try it again."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food was very good, generous pours on drinks and staff there was very nice but not very polished, but, clearly this is a newer place with a lot to improve on. Service was quite erratic. We sat for quite some time completely ignored. Finally got a server and eventually a drink order. Same with dinner.....no menu at first until someone noticed. Wondering if someone called off and they were short staffed? I would give them a try again in the hopes that they would get a bit more organized."
    Dined on 1/3/2014