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Best Italian Restaurants in University Circle

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A photo of La Dolce Vita - Cleveland restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(1672)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 10 times today
La Dolce Vita in Cleveland, praised by patrons as being among the top Italian restaurants in Little Italy, offers an authentic and flavorful dining experience. The non-fried calamari, pasta dishes, and Lemoncello Tiramisu were particular favorites, receiving high recommendations from multiple reviews. Noteworthy are the generous portions and diverse menu, catering to a wide range of palates. Critics also noted La Dolce Vita's excellent service, with the staff was described as kind, attentive, and accommodating. The picturesque ambiance completes the dining experience, providing a warm, friendly atmosphere that makes guests feel at home. The consistently positive reviews affirm that La Dolce Vita is a go-to spot for a satisfying Italian meal in Cleveland.
A photo of Valerio's Ristorante restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(847)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 12 times today
Valerio's Ristorante in Cleveland is lauded as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, renowned for its authentic Italian atmosphere. The restaurant has won the loyalty of its patrons for many years, thanks to the impeccable service and the delicious, freshly made food. Patrons rave about the prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe and the classic osso bucco, calling them the best they've ever had. The seafood stew also receives high praise. Valerio's is recommended for its wide selection of classic Italian dishes, generous portions, and reasonable prices. The ambiance is cozy and intimate, perfect for a romantic evening. The food and service are consistently excellent, with many customers eager for a return visit. It's an authentic slice of Italy right in the heart of Cleveland.
A photo of Il Venetian restaurant
4.9
Exceptional(758)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Downtown Cleveland
Booked 24 times today
Il Venetian, located in downtown Cleveland, has been widely acclaimed as the best Italian restaurant in the city, if not northeastern Ohio. Patrons gush over the "impeccable" service and "world class" food. The variety in the menu, with dishes ranging from Gnocchi to Veal chop, and the chef's own Limoncello for a finishing touch, have delighted gastronomes and casual diners alike. The ambiance of the restaurant, "a bit fancy at first glance", is appreciated for its elegance and comfort. The incredible attention to detail and dedication of the staff, and the authenticity of the Italian cuisine at Il Venetian has left guests feeling like they are "eating downtown in a big city", thereby creating an unparalleled dining experience.
A photo of Tutto Carne- Cleveland restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(115)
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 2 times today
Located in the heart of Little Italy, Tutto Carne in Cleveland has made a name for itself as the pinnacle of Steakhouse cuisine. Guests repeatedly praise the high quality of the meats, specifically highlighting the mouthwatering Ribeyes as the best in town. The menu, beyond its exceptional steaks, also offers a variety of delicious dishes, including a selection of pastas and creative vegetable sides. Reviewers also laud the excellent service and refreshing, inventive cocktails on offer. Despite being a high-end establishment, diners assure that the dining experience at Tutto Carne is well worth the price. As one guest put it, "Tutto Carne is a carnivorous haven that will make even the most discerning food enthusiasts weak in the knees".
A photo of Acqua di Luca (Soon to Be - Acqua di Dea) restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(891)
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Downtown Cleveland
Booked 9 times today
Acqua di Luca is an exquisite restaurant in Cleveland known for its distinctive Contemporary Italian cuisine. While the restaurant does not emphasize traditional pasta and pizza dishes, it creatively focuses on meat, poultry, and fish dishes from Southern Italy. Several reviews commended the restaurant's ability to create a special ambience with its top-notch service, friendly staff, and comfortable, elegantly decorated dining room. The innovative cocktails, generous portions, and unique items like the branzino and Halibut further contribute to Acqua di Luca's appeal. Despite its relatively high pricing, many customers have vowed to revisit the restaurant, acknowledging that the quality and quantity of the dishes, as well as the overall dining experience, are worth every penny.
A photo of Lago East Bank restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(1276)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • The Flats
Booked 16 times today
Lago East Bank is a restaurant that stands out among Cleveland's Italian dining scene. The praise in reviews is consistently high, with patrons emphasizing the exceptional service, authenticity, and high quality of the Italian cuisine offered. The lobster gnocchi and tortelloni are especially lauded as fantastic dishes, suggesting a mastery in pasta making. The freshness of the food is frequently noted, with mentions of homemade noodles and sauces that set a superior standard. According to one review, the restaurant offers a delightful atmosphere, live music, and safe valet parking, enhancing the overall dining experience. Moreover, Lago East Bank has an impressive cocktail and wine list, and its desserts are not to be missed, contributing to its reputation as one of the best Italian restaurants in Cleveland.
A photo of DANTE restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(3173)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Tremont
Booked 15 times today
Located in the vibrant Tremont district, DANTE is widely celebrated for its exceptional American cuisine. From the "Best Duck I've ever had" to the "wonderful" tasting menu and "amazing" chef specials, this restaurant consistently delights with its creativity and taste. The service is described as "impeccable," even in the midst of a pandemic, with the staff demonstrating diligence in safety protocols. The restaurant is not only about food but creates an immersive experience, bringing "a lovely mix of fine restaurant and modern Americana." As one reviewer from Chicago noted, "Dante is on a par with some of our great restaurants."
A photo of Literary Tavern restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(238)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Tremont
Booked 4 times today
Literary Tavern in Cleveland is a remarkable representative of American cuisine, where excellence in food and service is consistent. Customers rave about the "amazing cocktails," "outstanding food" and the "neat atmosphere". The "fantastic, unique cocktails, creative food" and the "excellent service", combined with a "cool, laid back atmosphere" make it a "great place for the trendy". This restaurant also values inclusivity, being "welcoming to older folks". The food is described as top-notch, with favorites including the "scallops and mushrooms", "goat cheese and pita bread appetizer" and the "ravioli with beet and goat cheese." Experience the best of American cuisine at Literary Tavern, you "won’t be disappointed".
A photo of Salted Dough Italian Bistro restaurant
2.6
(10)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • University Circle
Salted Dough Bistro is located in the heart of Little Italy! We are a scratch kitchen that features hand made pastas, butchering in house for our entrees, hand rolled ricotta gnocchi, artisan pizzas featuring house made dough including gluten free! We put our passion for food in to every dish, we can’t wait for you to join us!
A photo of Johnny's Downtown restaurant
4.4
Awesome(624)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Cleveland West
Booked 4 times today
Johnny's Downtown in Cleveland truly embodies the authentic spirit of Italian cuisine, serving both traditional and innovative dishes that satisfy the palate. Patrons frequently praise the quality of well-curated dishes like the Seafood Fettuccini, Veal Meatball Crostino and classic Italian feast. Johnny's Downtown stands out for its home-made pasta, with reviews highlighting the delicious Gnocchi and Angel Hair. The rave reviews also extend to the exceptional service and charming, albeit slightly vintage, atmosphere. The restaurant also makes a significant impression with its variety of veal dishes, earning it a reputation as a must-visit when in downtown Cleveland.
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