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