Spread out over more than 20 acres, the I-X Center is a gigantic indoor exhibition space, suitable for events from car shows and sports tournaments to an indoor amusement park. The location is less than beautiful, in the middle of a 15,000-space parking lot near the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, but it is convenient to all major highway systems and the Ohio Turnpike. Once you enter the glass and steel confines of the I-X Center, it is easy to forget about the weather, the traffic, and the world outside. Come wearing your comfy shoes, and be prepared to do some walking. No outside food or beverages are permitted inside, but a variety of food items can be purchased at numerous concession stands. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Strollers are not available to rent, but you're welcome to bring your own.
If you doubt that polished service is the foundation of a fine meal, you havent been to Il Bacio, the cozy ristorante in Little Italy, where mellifluously accented host and owner Antonino Calandra heads up one of the most gracious teams in town. That, plus Calandras voluptuous take on tiramisu, go far toward making Il Bacio as sweet as its names translation: The Kiss.