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Arrabiata's bevete e siate felici

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Dawn M. Tucker
Arrabiata's Italian Restaurant is a family affair owned and operated since its inception. These brothers/cousins pride themselves on their authentic Italian cuisine. Located in two locations on the east and west side of Cleveland, this Italian eatery has been delighting northeast Ohioans since 1998.

Arrabiata, as fans of Italian food will know, is a spicy Italian sauce primarily made with garlic, tomatoes, and red chili cooked in olive oil. Otherwise known as the, “Angry Pasta,” Italians believe that spice is good for the blood and for their passion. Go to any small town in the South of Italy such as Amalfi and you'll see strings of red peppers hanging from many store windows with signs that say, "Italian Viagra".

Angry Pasta or not, no one leaves Arrabiata’s angry. From the comfortable atmosphere to the extensive menu selections, restaurant's like Arrabiata’s are a hidden treasure right here in Ohio. Though not exactly trendy, these are great places to go for congenial service and really good food!

That isn't all Arrabiata’s serves, though. Keeping with the modern times, the Cleveland Italian restaurant likes to put a new twist on old recipes. Their 3 signature dishes are:
Chicken D'agnese – “served in lemon butter sauce with an artichoke heart (choice of capers and/or roasted red peppers)” ($15).

Tortellini DeRosa – “served in alfredo sauce with diced tomatoes & a touch of marinara” ($14).

Veal Sinatra – “served over a bed of marinara, layered with prosciutto, pesto & romano cheese, topped with melted mozzarella, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and marsala wine sauce” ($20).

Arrabiata’s offers an early bird special Monday-Friday between 4:30-6:30. Menu items include Italian favorites, such as Cheese Stuffed Ravioli baked with melted mozzarella cheese or Linguini and Rigatoni Arrabiata, which is a spicy marinara dish with onions, banana peppers, imported olives and cherry peppers. All early bird specials come with a cup of soup, salad, and a side of pasta. (Italian lover not included!)

If you have any room left after one of these generously portioned meals, don't be too quick to shrug off dessert. Tiramisu, literally meaning "pick me up", is a popular Italian cake! It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee and then layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and Mascarpone and flavored with liquor and cocoa. (Mnnnnnnnnnnnn, wait what was I saying??)

Another Arrabiata’s favorite is cassata cake. In and around the city of Cleveland, Ohio, the term "cassata cake" refers to a sponge cake soaked in syrup or rum, filled with strawberries and custard, and covered with sweetened whipped cream.

The "Cleveland" cassata first appeared in the early-1920s at the local Italian bakery LaPuma Spumoni & Bakery. The children of the owners did not like traditional cassata cake, which is made with sweetened ricotta, chocolate chips, and candied fruit. Using what they had in the bakery, Tomasso LaPuma created what was to become the Cleveland cassata cake. *

These guys know how to prepare food and make it attractive. In addition to in-house dining, Arrabiata's offers full-service catering. Whether you need food for a banquet, wedding, baptism, communion or convention...Arrabiata's caters any event big or small.

And remember: *One cannot think well, love well, or sleep well, if one has not dined well.

* *The fifth generation of this bakery still continues to make the original version of this cake at their bakery of the same name on Cleveland's Eastside.