Chef Jonathon Sawyer's Restaurant Trentina explores the rich diversity of culture and joyful voice of cuisine in the regions of northeastern Italy. The menu exemplifies the commonalities between the valleys of Trentino-Alto Adige and the Cuyahoga Valley, including a strong sense of gastronomic craftsmanship and agricultural heritage. Allow us to take you on a journey as we interpret tradition through an elegant and modern lens.
Contemporary Italian, Italian, German
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Monday-Friday 11:00am-4:00pm
Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
Brunch Saturday & Sundays 10:00am-2:00pm
Ford and Euclid
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located within walking distance of The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra's Severance Hall, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Western Reserve Historical Society, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
We share parking with the Glidden House hotel and additional metered street parking is available as well
RTA Cedar-University Rapid Station
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
Trentina Ratings and Reviews
I can see the potential, but would be ha ...
I can see the potential, but would be hard pressed to want to return. Had the tasting Bianca menu and it was pretty uninspiring. Nothing stood out, but could see some originality in a few dishes. The fired polenta with the charcuterie was nice, but too much butter and the pickles were too salty. The salt came back in force with the mushroom course. The best course we're the pastas: gnocchi and rigatoni. The meats (duck and sardine) were good but nothing more than ordinary. The biggest disappointment was the service. Three bottles of wine and I think we had our glasses filled twice. OK at The Olive Garden, not so much when you get a bill for $427 for two. Also the waitress never considered an accommodation on adjusting the beverage pairing or the "revisiting" course to our taste. As for the pairing, a simple adjustment to tilt to white from red would have been appreciated. Not necessary, but a reasonable expectation based on the price. My recommendation would be to drop the tasting menu. Focus on what you do well, pasta and a few key items, and train up st staff a bit more for this calibre of the restaurant. The young man who brought the courses was very well informed and excellent. The young lady who seated us and offered a the 'revisit' was less so. The revisit being the same course you already had and liked, you can have it again (as long as it's not the gnocchi or sardines). But they won't exchange it for a drink if you didn't enjoy the previous courses.
We tried four pasta dishes and each one ...
We tried four pasta dishes and each one was better than the next. Definitely the best pasta dishes in town. The vegetable appetizers were equally good. The only negative for this restaurant is that the seats both inside and outside are not very comfortable.
One of the best meals I have had. Ever. ...
One of the best meals I have had. Ever. We are from Denver and we flew in to find this gem. Truly spectacular.
We shared four pastas, four "starters", and two of the most amazing breads of my life. It was an experience that we will think back often about, and it makes me want to come into Cleveland just for the food.
The service was outstanding. We arrived ...
The service was outstanding. We arrived close to closing for the afternoon and the service was gracious and efficient. The food was excellent. Unique items on menu. Definitely will go again. Looking forward to one of their dinner dining menus.
Been to the restaurant twice and each of ...
Been to the restaurant twice and each of my experiences have been fantastic. Mauve is wonderful front of the house specialist and server! She made both our experiences memorable and we just happened to come in to "check it out".
We have been looking forward to eating h ...
We have been looking forward to eating here since it opened (had to cancel reservations more than once). We were rewarded for the wait. We decided to pass on the tasting menu and make our own - great idea. The menu is VERY reasonably priced and the pastas come in two sizes so it was easy to try several. All were excellent. I was particularly happy with the wine list since it contained several off the beaten path choices from NE Italy - a very under appreciated region. Although the restaurant was out of my first selection, the White Tokai blend from Capriva de Friuli was outstanding.
Interesting looking menu, but the food w ...
Interesting looking menu, but the food was odd to say the least. Charred broccoli was recommended as an appetizer. It should just be called burnt. When I asked what the gray, muddy-looking liquid was on the plate I was told "eggplant puree with edible charcoal." My pasta was more than al dente, nearly crunchy. There were black flecks in the pasta and thinking it was more edible charcoal, I removed them to another plate. The waitress asked if I didn't like the olives. Seems that the black specks were dehydrated olives. Who knew? And when I asked for sweetener for my coffee, I was told they don't serve anything artificial. Interesting that they would serve me edible charcoal but not zero-calorie sweetener. We are not going back.
I would have given this restaurant a hig ...
I would have given this restaurant a higher rating, but it sure is pretentious. From requiring a credit card to make a reservation, to not giving assistance when the server knew we were sharing (the pea and carrot plate was beautiful, but not share-able and hardly edible for one).
The pizza was good and share-able.
Had the 12-course tasting menu. Seldom ...
Had the 12-course tasting menu. Seldom have I experienced food so imaginative and perfectly prepared, with a level of service (professional & extremely knowledgeable) to match. Kudos to everyone involved in this extraordinary dining experience.
Party of 4 outside dinning, informative ...
Party of 4 outside dinning, informative professional service with a smile, oil candle as a dip for bread, salads, flatbread pizza, broccoli app, 3 pasta dishes one full order, duck and a steak entree paired with a bottle of wine and a rosé may have ordered a bit too much. Broccoli app and Duck entree memorable, everything else was good enough to order again except not a fan of the bolognese sauce over the rigatoni, waiter said this was done more of a traditional style. I was expecting something different.
Great food. Loved the wood fired brocco ...
Great food. Loved the wood fired broccoli, golden tile fish (a favorite Gulf fish of mine), and beets. Just wished they had indicated on their menu that their food is made with a blend oil that contains soy. I can only eat soy in small doses and pretty much it was in everything. In an age of food allergies and sensitivities this seems a surprising for such a high caliber restaurant.
The service was good but even the waitress was not aware of the oil blend when I first asked about soy products in the food.
I enjoyed my time drinking the rose wine with a friend on a fabulous night in Cleveland. Highly recommend just beware of food sensitivities and ask before digging in.
We had a poor experience all the way aro ...
We had a poor experience all the way around. Ordered a bottle of wine-- was brought a different year. Waitress said nothing until my husband noticed, only then did she say they were out of the vintage we ordered. Charred broccoli is an ill-conceived app--tastes just like burned broccoli. Two of us ordered pasta entrees which were served to us before the waiter replaced our missing silverware. Had to wait for him to hunt some up -- meanwhile pasta cooling. The rigatoni with lamb had no discernible lamb flavor but what it did have was a huge amount of black pepper. After a few bites my mouth was so hot, I sent the dish away. Two diners ordered "duck two ways" which were served LONG AFTER pastas arrived. Pasta eaters had to start or else face cold dinners. When the duck dinners finally came, they were almost RAW! Sent them back to the kitchen and another 15 min. passed before they emerged---really OVERCOOKED! Was this the chef's lack of skill or revenge? To add insult to injury, we were at this restaurant to celebrate an anniversary!
Had time for two dinners while in Clevel ...
Had time for two dinners while in Cleveland. Trentina was probably not the best choice for one of them. Very casual with a wood fired theme. Roast cauliflower was very good, roast beet salad was ok (unusual flavors with dehydradeted olives and cheese). Two pastas - osso bucco sauce and rigatoni bolognese bianco were very good but heavy. Much more appropriate for a fall or winter menu.
Great Northern Italian Food
We all thought the food was excellent. We had the Wood Fired Broccoli and the Margarita Pizza to start. We ordered a small plate of Rigatoni to share and our friend ordered a small plate of the Linguini and Clams and liked it so much he ordered another, this time the large plate. My husband's fish of the day was excellent, my friend loved the Grilled Cauliflower Shank (we all shared and tasted each other's dishes) and I got the Lasagna. The Lasagna was the only disappointment of the evening, I thought it was too salty. The drink menu was very creative. Will definitely be back and will be getting the Table Bread this time too!!!!
I love the food at Trentina but was disappointed in the assistant waitress. Our main waitress was excellent, but the young woman who brought the food answered "No problem" to our "thank you" (this several times). An aspiring restaurant should not have wait staff that does not answer either "your welcome" or "my pleasure, " never the unfortunately ubiquitous "no problem." It brings down the tenor of the restaurant. The same waitress did not bring water when we asked for it twice. The main waitress did bring water immediately when requested. At a good restaurant (especially when it is not busy as it was not that day) water glasses should remain full and the waiters/waitresses should notice when they are not.
Unfortunately the food was only mediocre. We were very disappointed and a little embarassed since we invited friends to this restaurant. The main upside is that we did not order the 12 course tasting meal which is very, very expensive. I wish that we had gone elsewhere.
Such a fake!
We were hesitant about this place after reading very controversial reviews here and on the other websites, but decided to give it a try and went for brunch. We are sorry we did.
FOOD: FISH AND POTATOES (C), TRENTINA BENEDICT (C), GRILLED BROCCOLI (D), RICOTTA CAKES (D) was mediocre and tasteless, "inventive" , but failing to impress and all dishes were luke warm instead of hot. We had an impression that they were preheated instead of cooked freshly. Can't comment on drinks, we didn't order them.
SERVICE: was inattentive, forgetful, VERY slow and not professional.
AMBIANCE: was cute and modern and actually the best part of experience.
VALUE: was outrageously bad for the experience received.
No coming back.
Interesting little place here. The food ...
Interesting little place here. The food was pretty good, but it seemed like the restaurant was trying TOO hard to be a cutting edge, trendy place. The environment is cool, set in an 1800's old fire house-type building. However, it's very small, leaving little room for more than 2-4 people in a group, and there are not more than 10 tables in the entire place. The service was good, as the wait staff was knowledgable. As mentioned, the food was ok. Not outstanding. Again, it seemed as if they were trying to be too trendy. I must say that the highlight was my trip to the men's room. This was like visiting the future. The toilet seat was motion activated and heated, the toilet itself was a front AND back bidet, and the entire thing was remote controlled! Anyway, a nice place to visit, but I won't favorite this one.
Beautiful restaurant. Cozy, elegant, quaint. Great location. Service was good. Food was disappointing. 12 courses with three basic proteins - cured fish, lamb sausage (really?), bay scallops (again, really); pasta with unexciting flavors - and other dishes of mediocre presentation - from this award winning and "talented" chef?????
My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at Trentina, and we were not disappointed. The food, which is inspired by the cuisine of the mountainous northeastern Italy, was superb. The chef focuses on using local sources. While simply prepared, our dishes were loaded with flavor. The wait staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. The wine list, while a bit pricey, featured wines from the region, which complemented the food very well. The dining room, while small, still feels airy and comfortable.
Another fine meal at Trentina and thanks ...
Another fine meal at Trentina and thanks to the team for such a wonderful evening. Some of the dishes on the Bianco tasting menu were very elegant and some were very rustic; all were perfect. How lucky are we to have such an excellent restaurant to enjoy close to our home!
The food was excellent. However the serv ...
The food was excellent. However the service was extremely slow. There was only one server got the entire dining room. We sat for about 15 minutes before our waitress acknowledged us. It was about 20 minutes before we got our wine. Two tables that arrived after is has to have other staff members wait on them.
I did not realize Trentina was open now ...
I did not realize Trentina was open now for lunch. Luckily my meeting partner did, and we were blown away with the excellent choices. Of which we could only eat two!
I did buy Jonathan's book while there and now have to come back to buy another book as it will make a great gift for one of my grandchildren who loves to cook.
Maybe when you send out those e-mails letting people who have signed up to find out what is going on, you could mention the hours you are opened?
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