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Ahhh, Italian food. Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood is flat out special with all good feels. Brick roads are lined with Ma and Pop Italian restaurants, cafes and bakeries and every spot in this pocket of Cleveland will make you feel like you're at your Grandma's house on a holiday. Little Italy is also conveniently located right near University Circle, which is home to Cleveland's world renowned museums, nationally recognized hospitals, beautiful parks and more. Check out some of these MUST-try spots listed below.
Mia Bella Restaurant
Mia Bella is the first restaurant I visited in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood. Funny story - it's actually a 45 minute drive from where I lived at the time, and I ended up going back to order the same dish two more times that month. That said, order the three cheese tortellini dish. The tortellini is a tad spicy and it's in a creamy sauce mixed with peas and prosciutto. TO. DIE. FOR.
This restaurant takes nourishment to a whole other level. All homemade, all very moderately priced. Some of the best dang pizza you'll ever eat. The family atmosphere is just as a Mama would want it: warm, relaxed, the good kind of worn. So make yourself at home.
La Dolce Vita Restaurant
The sweet life is definitely lived whilst dining at this Italian spot. They serve everything from eight-course meals to coffee and Calvino. The pasta is cooked fresh to order every time - you really cannot go wrong with anything on the menu.
I've never actually eaten at Maxi's, but I just looked over their extensive menu and was sold, immediately. Almost every menu item description ends with, "topped with parmesan cheese." I can 100% get behind that. I may or may not have already made a reservation to go there on Saturday.
Valerio's is everything an Italian eatery should be - it's small and bursting with authentic Italian vibes. Besides the standard menu they have daily specials that are always insanely delicious.
For more restaurants in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, check out this Cleveland.com article. Where have you eaten in Little Italy? Comment below to share your recommendations.