A classic restaurant in Chagrin Falls, M Italian has some of the best Italian food in the area. The flatbreads are some of my favorites, and their happy hour is killer. Make sure to get a Sicilian Mule, you won't regret it.
Those who attended this spectacular evening were not disappointed. As we arrived, the M Italian staff was as elegant and graceful as the artwork that hung from the walls or the glasswork illuminated by light. Our hose for the night, General Manager, Michael Grano welcomed us with a n Italian dining tradition none of us turned down: House-made limoncello; a wonderful burst of zest and joy to prepare us for the multiple course meal he and the chef had prepared for us. We were encouraged to mingle in the space that, as you can see, was breathtaking.
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Being 100 percent Italian, I was raised on traditional dishes. I took in the rich aromas of garlic and cheeses that wafted throughout the house, tore off bits of fresh Italian bread as I stole through the kitchen, and appreciated sauces that took all day to simmer.
With it came occasional cooking lessons. A little salt here, more oil there, stir occasionally, watch the pasta. And never, ever, overdo sugar in the gravy.
Yes, we called it gravy, not sauce.
A pinch of sugar, I was told, was used in the old country only to weed out the sourness of a bad tomato.
So when I sit down at an Italian restaurant I am armed with those life lessons.
M Italian, tucked away in Chagrin Falls, its quaintness always on display, is a bit louder than my home growing up – though not by much. M has a constant energy, a vibe that never quits, much like a child on the go wearing out her parents. The restaurant's high ceilings don't offer any reflection or buffer for sound.
Bret Adams started working in the restaurant industry at age 15. Within the next month, the 43-year-old will have three restaurants under his belt, each serving very different cuisines: American, Italian and Mexican. His new establishment, a rustic tavern called M Italian in Chagrin Falls, is in week seven of operation.
“The (restaurant) location is the entryway into the village,” said Adams. “We thought if we could really enhance the building and give a good first impression of the village, it would be a win-win.”
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- As signs of spring burst around the Chagrin Valley, so does the flavors of new eatery M Italian in Chagrin Falls.
The restaurant, which sits at the entry of the west side of the village, was created to celebrate the Italian heritage of Burntwood Tavern owner Bret Adams' wife, Michelle, and boasts an Italian farmhouse atmosphere and an open kitchen.
"Above all things, M Italian exists to celebrate our love of family," said Adams. "We welcome our guests as if it were our family home, and nothing should be more fulfilling than being a cared-for guest in a loving home."
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- The new M Italian restaurant will begin construction at 22 W. Orange St. this week.
The building, which has been vacant for six years, will get a complete overhaul, with new beams, exposed brick and soft lighting. Owner Bret Adams also plans to build a covered patio with an outdoor fire pit for the new restaurant, which will seat roughly 100 and is expected to open at the end of October.
"We really wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the village. This will be more a labor of love for us," Adams said. "We think we are going to bring a true Italian restaurant to Chagrin."
Adams, who also owns the Burntwood Tavern restaurants, plans to use the other spaces in the building for offices and a glass-blowing studio. The Glass Asylum, currently located in Bratenahl, will occupy part of the space, behind a glass wall.
The building has roughly 35 parking spots, but residents will be able to use the Step North parking garage on North Main Street for additional valet parking.
M Italian will be the first Italian restaurant to open in Chagrin Falls in nearly three years. The village has been without an Italian restaurant since 2011 when Joey's Restaurant burned down on North Main Street.
In just over four years, Bret Adams managed to assemble a five-restaurant (and counting) empire since opening his first Burntwood Tavern in Chagrin Falls. With additional locations in Rocky River, Solon, Brecksville and Cuyahoga Falls, the fast-growing concept clearly has legs. Before the end of the year, Adams will open a brand new concept, again using Chagrin Falls as the starting point.
M Italian, “an upscale-casual Italian eatery,” will open on W. Orange Street, in the heart of the village, before the end of the year. Named after his wife, the restaurant will feature simple Italian dishes with contemporary twists. Diners can look forward to salads, pastas and wood-fired pizzas — all made from scratch in house.
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- Residents may see a new Italian restaurant opening in the village.
Chagrin Falls Mayor Tom Brick announced Monday that Burntwood Tavern owner Bret Adams might be opening a restaurant, called M Italian, in the former Ski and Sport Haus building at 22 W. Orange St.
No details about the restaurant have been announced yet.
"We are just finalizing our lease," said landlord Randy Kertesz, president of Brainard Miles Retail Development. "Once we finalize our lease then I'm sure the restaurant owner and ourselves will make an announcement."
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