June 2011 Issue
Grand Ohio Wine Dinners
Celebrate Ohio Wine Month with a visit to these 13 impressive restaurants, where local food and local wine are the perfect match.
4632 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati 45226
513/871-5862 | bellalunacincy.com
Old-school Italian hospitality and traditional flavor passed down through generations meet an eclectic East Coast feeling at Bella Luna. The regional menu changes every six weeks and features seasonal cuisine that is sure to offer guests something they will love. The summer menu will feature lighter fare and salads that pair well with the flavors of Ohio wines, and diners can enjoy their food and wine al fresco on the patio.
Signature Pairing: Arugula Salad with fresh herbs paired with Ferrante Signature Series Gewurztraminer. Or enjoy Calamari Polpi with a hot arrabbiata sauce paired with Firelands’ Dolcetto.
413 Vine St., Cincinnati 45202
513/621-1465 | bistrocincinnati.com
Featuring meat, vegetables, herbs and more from farms throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, The Bistro is committed to serving only the freshest local ingredients. A variety of Ohio wines are consistently on the menu, including varietals from Kinkead Ridge, Burnet Ridge and Meranda-Nixon Winery, including Meranda-Nixon’s Traminette, an Ohio Quality Wine. The Bistro brings a light attitude to dining out, emphasizing its mission to serve great food and drinks and offer guests a fun dining experience.
9440 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery 45242
925 Riverside Dr., Cincinnati 45202
4565 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin 43017
When it comes to ribs, Montgomery Inn is king. Started in 1951, just north of Cincinnati in Montgomery, the Montgomery Inn has grown to serve four locations in Ohio and Kentucky and sells more ribs than any other restaurant in America. Featuring salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, seafood and, of course, ribs, Montgomery Inn is one of Cincinnati’s favorite dining gems.
2200 Victory Pkwy., Cincinnati 45206
513/751-8439 | viewcincy.com
Located on the edge of Eden Park, VIEW overlooks the Ohio River Valley and has been voted the Best Outdoor Dining in Cincinnati by Diners’ Choice. With American flavors prepared with fresh, local ingredients, the menu offers classics, including steak, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Enjoy a Debonné Reisling or Chardonnay with a fresh summer dinner salad on the patio, or sip Ferrante’s Vidal Blanc Ice Wine for a refreshing dessert.
2247 Professor Ave., Cleveland 44113
216/274-1200 | restaurantdante.us
DANTE is Michelin Star Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s flagship location in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. Chef Boccuzzi developed an innovative menu of modern American cuisine that is fused with his traditional Italian background, resulting in fare that continues to dazzle Clevelanders and visitors alike. DANTE offers a five-course tasting menu, and for the month of June will be pairing that menu with all Ohio wines. Be sure to check the website for details on a special all-vegetarian Ohio wine dinner coming in July.
2417 Professor Ave., Cleveland 44113
216/781-8858 | fahrenheittremont.com
On any given night, Fahrenheit’s comfortably sexy environment transforms into a hangout with guests ranging from the suit-and-tie crowd of downtown Cleveland to suburban adventurers and local Tremont neighbors. Offering a menu that changes with the seasons and fresh ingredients picked at their peak, Fahrenheit Chef Rocco Whalen showcases fantastic flavors in often-unexpected ways.
2058 East 4th St., Cleveland 44115
216/621-5652 | lolabistro.com
Iron Chef Michael Symon originally opened Lola in 1997 in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The restaurant was immediately a big hit, garnering local and national awards. Now located in the heart of Cleveland’s East 4th Street neighborhood, Lola features stunning decor and sustainable American cuisine, which frequently introduces guests to many local flavors and ingredients, including Ohio wines.
Entrée: Berkshire Smoked Pork Chop served over creamy polenta, with BBQ onions and pork demi-glace, garnished with pickled chilies and scallions
Ohio Wine Pairing: Laurello Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2007
900 Literary Rd., Cleveland 44113
216/771-5652 | lolitarestaurant.com
Lolita is located on the corner of Professor and Literary in Tremont and is a Michael Symon restaurant. Established in 2006, the restaurant focuses on being a casual and comfortable neighborhood place. We take great pride in using local and seasonal foods in our cooking. The wine program is as exciting as the food. Ohio has some great wines at very reasonable prices and we are honored to serve them during the Ohio Quality Wines promotion.
801 E. Wayne Ave., Wooster 44691
330/263-2660 | thewoosterinn.com
Whether you’re looking for formal dining or a relaxing patio, the Wooster Inn offers multiple venues to enjoy Ohio Wines. Founded in 1959 on the College of Wooster’s campus, the New England-style mansion features the formal dining room, pub and 3,000-square-foot patio for guests’ enjoyment in a park-like setting. In celebration of Ohio Wine Month, the Wooster Inn will feature suggested pairings from the menu with wines from South River, Ferrante and Valley Vineyards.
Black Creek Bistr
51 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43215
614/246-9662 | blackcreekbistro.com
Black Creek Bistro originated as an extension of our farm in Canal Winchester, which enables us to continue to do what we love and give back to the community. At the Bistro, our goal is to use fresh local products and make delightful food at affordable prices. With a menu that changes with the seasons, guests are always sure to find something new, including six selections from Ferrante and Firelands wineries to celebrate Ohio Wine Month.
1550 West Lane Ave., Columbus 43221
627 High St., Worthington 43085
65 W. Bridge St., Dublin 43017
614/763-7151 | lachatelainebakery.com
La Chatelaine opened as the first French restaurant in Central Ohio 20 years ago. Since then, we continue to bring the community the best of everything French — from pastries, croissants, breads, quiches, soups and salads for a cafeteria-style breakfast or lunch, to a full-service dinner. La Chatelaine is excited to offer Ohio Quality Wines, with special wine flights, pairing suggestions and tastings starting in June.
1092 Bethel Rd., Columbus 43220
614/451-9774 | therefectoryrestaurant.com
The Refectory’s relaxed and quiet pace presents an evening of elegant dining. The contemporary American cuisine and classic French cuisine are complemented by a world-class wine cellar encompassing more than 700 selections. A knowledgeable staff and the personal touch of owner Kamal Boulos complete the gracious service that enhances a memorable evening. For over 30 years, The Refectory has been at the forefront of promoting Ohio wines. Over the next month, The Refectory will be featuring four Ohio wines including Ferrante, Debonné and Firelands, paired with a special menu featuring local foods by Chef Richard. Ask for The Ohio Wine Dinner when making reservations.
Tutto Vino Wine Cellar and Bistro
7178 Muirfield Dr., Dublin 43017
614/799-9222 | tutto-vino.com
Well known for its selection of more than 800 labels of wine, Tutto Vino offers guests the perfect environment to taste and try new wines or savor old favorites. Gather with friends after work, for dinner or for special events in the Bistro. Enjoy the large selection, including many Ohio wines, by the glass or bottle.