My husband and I had heard about Dominic's Santos from a few friends and finally got the chance to stop in. We went on a weekend night and they were packed! Bright, fresh, clean place...unlike the typical "old, dark and outdated italian places" we've eaten at. Service was friendly and prompt. We had heard they make homeade pasta on site and wow is there a difference. Huge portions...you will most likely have leftovers like I did. And the price can not be beat. I had the homeade cavatellis that were awesome and my hubby had the veal saltimboca. He is usually picky and raved about how delicious it was. Great wine selection and our server told us they have wine dinners every other month featuring food that is not on the menu. We were thanked by the friendly staff as we left, and will sure to be back!
I just went to Stancato's for the lunch buffet today. There are actually 2 buffets, a salad, soup and pizza buffet as well as another buffet with penne pasta, 6 different sauces, mashed potatoes, pierogies, meatballs, sausage, stuffed shells and more. The food was fantastic and I can't believe how many choices there were. The salad buffet was also really good, I tried the sweet and tangy dressing and I loved it. I definitely think Stancato's is one of the best Italian restaurants in Cleveland and I will be recommending the lunch buffet to all of my friends who live in the area. My work has also used their catering services for company events and it always arrived hot and on time. The food is just plain delicious!
In terms of bar/restaurants in the Cleveland area, you will find none better than McNulty's Bier Markt on W25th. Its beer menu has been impeccably chosen and has such a wide variety, you'd be hard up to find something that didn't fit your flavor. If you don't like beer, that's just as well, the accompanying Bar Cento has 100+ wines to meet your fancy. The food as well is simply delicious, matching the unique beer list and the awesome ambience of the establishment. I absolutely recommend their pizzas and the table share frites. If you're going to go the route of pizza, my personal recommendations are either the Potato pizza or the Sunrise (pancetta and egg), as they're both simply amazing!