Rosso Italia to Open in Former Red Beachwood Space First Week of December


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Last month, Red Steakhouse in Beachwood was permanently put to bed in advance of a new Red opening at Pinecrest, which it will do on November 29.

That space, located next door to Blu (3355 Richmond Rd., 216-831-5599), will become Rosso Italia, an Italian restaurant.

“I’ve always wanted to do Italian food,” says owner Brad Friedlander. “We have a lot of great Italian restaurants in Cleveland, but I always thought there was something missing.”

Friedlander says that the move didn’t require much of a stretch as Red already had more than a few Italian-style dishes on the menu.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Red had a shitload of Italian food on the menu,” he says. “We’re just expanding on that. We’re still going to have steaks, we’re still going to have chicken, we’re still going to have many of the items we used to have, to a certain extent, but there’s just going to be more of an Italian influence.”

Chefs Joe Lang and Julian Kuczma will prepare everything from scratch, starting with the breads and pastas and ending with desserts. The menu will have antipasti, cheeses, grilled sardines, stuffed peppers, osso buco, eggplant Milanese, veal marsala, and a chicken parm “that could feed a family of four.” A cena con amici (dinner with friends) option will include antipasti, two pastas, an entrée and sides for around $45 per person.

In anticipation of the changeover, the restaurant received a makeover that touched almost every surface.

“It’s a warm, sophisticated, intimate setting,” Friedlander says. “The only red will be the one red rose on the each table.”

Look for Rosso Italia to open on or near December 3. When it does, it will be dinner only. Blu next door is open for lunch.

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