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It Happens On The Hill !

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Murray Hill, that is.  Even more accurate, it happens at Mayfield & Murray Hill – Cleveland’s Little Italy !  Little Italy has been around since the 1800s, and was founded by Italian immigrants.  The Italian portion of the population has dropped to roughly half of it’s former glory, but there is no mistaking where you are.  The “Trendy & Cool”, along with artists and students from nearby Case Western Reserve University make up the balance.  Also close by is Lakeview Cemetery, permanent home to President James Garfield, John D. Rockefeller and many other titans of the Industrial Revolution.

Little Italy is one of the best places for people watching in Cleveland.  It’s long been a romantic date destination, or a place just to stroll the the shops and galleries that pepper the landscape.  I have been going there for many years and try to take friends and family there since it’s such a unique place.  Cleveland’s full of unique areas and things to see & do, but this is definitely Top 5 material – maybe even Top 3 !

Slim had a hankering for some good Italian, so I said let’s go to The Hill.  I had already spent a good part of the day biking to Downtown from 44107 on my road bike, and was a bit hungry myself.  I had only done 20 miles, but I hadn’t ridden in a while, so it was a good “break in” ride – break in my butt is more like it.  I prefer around a 30-mile ride on average, so this was nice.  I ride, talk to tourists, check for new restaurants, see who closed, and just enjoy the architecture & the scene.  The Cleveland Grand Prix was going on too – I can hear the cars practicing as I type this !

Sorry for the interuption – back to Little Italy.  We ate on the sidewalk at our favorite place, Trattoria – perfect for watching the T&C, well dressed Clevelanders enjoying themselves.  Since it was earlier, we also got to see the buzz of activities : restaurant help getting breads and desserts from Presti’s Bakery & Corbo’s Dolceria (Corbo’s made our Cassata Wedding cake), bussers & wait-staff bringing out fresh linens, the bevy of nice looking, black-clad hostesses enjoying a coffee and a final smoke before the dinner rush.  With more than a dozen restaurants near by, it was quite the scene.  And since I was with Lisa in one of our favorite places (we may move there one day), it was quite the day… 


Written by johntheirishman

Sunday, 24 June, 2007 @ 7:48 at 7:48

Posted in CLE, Randoms

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  1. Hey… we forgot to do the website for grammapalooza. Do you want me to do it or is it gonna be easier on your end? We at least need to put the info from the invite in there.


    Monday, 25 June, 2007 @ 12:00 at 12:00

  2. I will eMail you the password – no funny stuff, Snowflake !


    Monday, 25 June, 2007 @ 12:08 at 12:08

  3. Hi John,

    I had a lovely patio brunch in Little Italy on the 4th of July….

    Gotta love mimosas and quiche at 11am! 🙂


    Friday, 6 July, 2007 @ 12:31 at 12:31

  4. Really – I didn’t know you were going – cool ! I’ll let you know about Sunday – still haven’t talked to Mary.



    Friday, 6 July, 2007 @ 17:27 at 17:27

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