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Re: “Il Bacio

Apparently Antonino moved back to Siciily and sold the business to a man who bought it for his son who apparently has worked in a bunch of resort restaurants (think ski resort etc). This place hands down used to have the best veal bolognese in the entire city and everything on this menu was consistent. Part of the charm of this dimly lit romantic hideaway from all things Mayfield Road was its obvious decor (yes there was actually a dolce and gabbana ad in the bathroom and the entranceway was adorned by ye olde Gustav Klimpt's The Kiss).

I took my family there a few days ago and it was honestly the worst dinner I've had in Cleveland or anywhere for that matter. I'm an avid cook of italian, french, and japanese cuisine and while i'm by no means a savant, I do truly consider myself a student of the culinary world and I like to think I do my best to give a good honest assessment.

The first course was a horrid "calamari special". Calamari special amounted to few lightly breaded tasteless squid pieces standing with their mouths agape next to a hilarious attempt at food art (someone was trying to be cute with what I assume was supposed to be an "aoli wave" that the calamari bits were surfing atop. This was not aoili, it tasted like sysco brand mayonaisse sprinkled with a few parsely sprigs (READ: the rot blackened root end of a carrot borne out of the unsold produce catacombs that lie beneath the sewer system of the West Side Market). It was simply put, disgusting.

My companion ordered Costate Di Agnello Al Rosmarino which is supposed to be lamb chops sauteed in olive oil white wine, lemon & rosemary. The lamb chops were served completely overcooked (well done and dry to the bone) with the same garbage "aoli" spread over the top. No olive oil, no white wine, no lemon, no rosemary (they used the same parsely sprigs). My other companion ordered the same dish and the plate was served with ZERO sauce, ZERO seasoning, no Sysco Brand Mayo. They basically took it out of the pan and slapped it on a plate. When we told the waiter he actually tried to make up an excuse instead of immediately grabbing the plate and apologizing.

When the manager asked me how dinner was I told him that this was our favorite restaurant for many years and everything was awful. He never offered to take anything off the bill. He smugly told me that they were going to be reopening soon. Hopefully this place closes soon as the family that bought it has ruined a special place for myself and countless others who knew better than to eat on Mayfield road or waste their money over at Washington Place. Do not eat here. Go to La Campagna in Westlake or Osteria di Valerio on St. Clair downtown cleveland (get the osso bucco). Shame on these people for disgracing the good name of Il Bacio.

Posted by Gregor Ian Chanterelle on 07/21/2015 at 10:36 PM

Re: “Cedar Fairmount Festival & Art Show

Each year the festival is great!
This year's 14th Cedar Fairmount Summer Festival is on August 9th from noon to 5 pm.
Alan Dutka will be giving a lecture on the scandals surrounding Cleveland's Millionaire Row at the Alcazar at 1 pm. The American Cross Blood Mobile will be on site. Free Cedar Point Tickets to those who donate blood.
The Euclid Beach Rocket Car, Pony Rides, Super Heroes, Princesses, Photo Booth, Musicians, Arts and Craft Sale , Ballon Clown, Great Food, and more for a Free Family Fun Day at Cedar Fairmount. Save the date: Sunday, August 9th.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Kathryn Lowe on 07/17/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Highland Hops and Vines

This place is great, super clean, great selection of hard to find wines and beers.
The beer is always fresh and the staff know what they are talking about. They did a private event in the neighborhood and it was great.
Great people make sure you check it out, also wine tastings every weekend and they always have something cool and different to showcase.

Posted by Ken Grewal on 07/15/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Kipton Reservation

Dangerous, muddy/not groomed/fallen logs and ruined bridges. Rider beware, I know!

Posted by Linda on 07/07/2015 at 9:44 PM

I like how they remodeled the place! Beautiful! They have a new chef, everything is fresh, really good food. I saw some really good bands there, and they even have a magician who comes and does tricks at your table on the weekends. Something a little different. I thought it was cool.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by gilligan on 04/16/2015 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Summer Wind Stables

phone number is wrong, 440-729-1849

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by stare on 04/07/2015 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Primo Vino

Best Itallion food. Have not been there since Mayfield Café closed. Really miss that special place also.
Carmen and Bob see you soon Rigatoni and Meatballs Working on Mayfield and Lee Masonic Bldg.
Kindest Regards
Jimmy Dolan

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jimmy Dolan on 04/05/2015 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Luxe Kitchen & Lounge

Luxe is an amazing restaurant. The environment, food and staff are extremely inviting. Their menu changes often for both food and cocktails. A true staple in the Gordon Square neighborhood.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Chet Baker on 03/07/2015 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Liberty Street Brewing

I don't think they are still in business. Like for the last 10 years or so.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by ray.yurick on 02/26/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Ka-La Healing Garden Center

This beautiful green space feels so good. and peaceful, clean , fresh vegetable are a plus.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tanya Holmes on 02/24/2015 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Bar Cento

Mushroom, leaks, and coriander pizza is so good! This is a great place, plus it's just about the only quality place open so late!

Posted by Anthony Hitch on 01/22/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Conte's Italian Café

I love this restaurant! It's the only Italian restaurant that we go to since the first time we went there in 2014 and we live in Brook Park. Awesome food! Have never been disappointed. Its family owned and ran--The BEST!

Posted by Rachel on 01/22/2015 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Freshly's

The best for late night munchies. Gyros and corn beef done right.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Friend on 01/12/2015 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Touch Supper Club

Absolutely love coming here. The free sushi on Fridays is awesome!!

Posted by Alise Belcher on 01/09/2015 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Gallucci's Italian Foods

The grocery, deli, and bakery are fine. I mostly go there for lunch, which is pretty good tasting and great for the price. Especially watch for their specialty pizza of the day, which is usually super tasty and still pretty cheap by the slice.

Posted by Graham Haas on 12/31/2014 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Red Space

Such a cool space! Its cool that the hallway connecting is an art gallery!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Missy Karp on 12/01/2014 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Champps Restaurant & Bar Lyndhurst

Closed

Posted by Kent Millstead on 11/29/2014 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Boneyard (Mayfield)

Closed. Front being remodeled for "Play"

Posted by Kent Millstead on 11/29/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Pioneer Waterland & Dry Fun Park

If you haven't been there, you have to go. Cheap water park. Dry games like putt putt and go carts. Oh yeah, and amazing funnel cakes much cheaper than any other place you can get them.
If you HAVE been there before, no you haven't! New owners just spent entire off season ripping out old stuff and adding new stuff. But they aren't done yet. Go visit and give them your suggestions! It might just be the next new change!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Wendy Kestner-Fuchs on 11/14/2014 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Skin Deep Laser Spa

Very Disappointing__ Twice was called by Skin Deep Laser Spa to Cancel scheduled appointments and the one time I called to Reschedule an appointment Due to Illness I was advised that I would be charged a "$25.00 No Show Fee," even after explaining I was bedridden, it was stressed my account would be charged. Where is the logic here__ let alone customer relations and/or good will? Or is their time more important than the customer? Should Skin Deep Laser Spa be charged a “$50.00 No Show Fee,” for the two appointments they Canceled? Needless to say this Business is not recommended and/or patronized again…Customer Service is the most important component of any business.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by EZ on 11/13/2014 at 5:19 PM

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