Reservations canceled . . .
Tiny Ristorante Salvatore (2181 Murray Hill Road) is locked up tight. Rumor has it that longtime Executive Chef Michael DeGeronimo and owner Salvatore Geraci parted company in mid-January; now, a message on the restaurant's answering machine simply informs callers that Salvatore's is closed "for a vacation and remodeling, until further notice."
Ahead of the curve . . .
After years of trailing towns like New York and San Francisco, Cleveland may be getting downright trendy. Just look at this month's Bon Appétit and its annual review of the national dining scene. Restaurant trend of the year? Cheese. That wouldn't be news to Paul Minnillo, who has been stocking his affinage cooler at the Baricelli Inn (2203 Cornell Road, 216-791-6500) with imported artisanal cheeses for years. Cocktail of the year? Caipirinha, the Brazilian national drink that savvy Clevelanders have been swilling at Sergio's (1903 Ford Drive, 216-231-1234) since the mid-'90s. Dessert of the year? Updated comforts like "coffee and doughnuts." Hey, Jeff Uniatowski's been dishing them up at Mise (10427 Clifton Boulevard, 216-651-5473) for two years. Now, don't you feel hip?
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