Monday, January 7, 2013

Chinato in Downtown Cleveland

With some free time over the last few days of our Winter Break, my wife and I decided to finally have dinner at a restaurant we have both been dying to eat at, Chinato.  With the click of a button the night before, we had a 6pm reservation set up thanks Open Table.  When we arrived, we were kindly greeted and seated immediately.

Food
After looking over the menu offerings we were a little bit overwhelmed on what to order, everything sounded so good.  To start, we decided to share a small portion of the gnocchi with tomato, basil, toasted garlic, butter and Parmesan   Simply put, the gnocchi was some of the best gnocchi we have ever tried.  The texture was light, yet it still had the density in which you expect in gnocchi.  Top that with some basil, toasted garlic, and fresh Parmesan and you have yourself a perfect dish.  When I go back there is a good chance I'll get the larger portion they offer as my entree.
For an entree, my wife went with the chicken legs “saltimbocca” style.  The chicken legs were deboned and then stuffed with prosciutto and cheese. The chicken was cooked perfectly, but the prosciutto used was extra fatty and took away from the overall flavor of the dish.   The polenta was smooth and creamy, while the kale added a nice spicy contrast.
For my entree I went with sea scallops sauteed with peperoncini, escarole, and garlic oil roasted potatoes.  I really enjoyed everything about my dish.  The scallops were cooked perfectly with just a hint of the spicy peperoncini present.  The escarole was sauteed with lemon and bits of peperoncini flakes.  Finally, the potatoes were simply amazing.  Soft, tender, and full of flavor were the three very large garlic roasted potatoes. 
Drinks
I can tell you that from looking over the drink menu, even a craft beer lover will be pleased with the selection. Dogfish Head, Bells, and Great Lakes all were on the tap list, in addition to a decent selection of craft bottles.  Prices ranged from $5-9 per pint, and per bottle.   Of course if you are looking for wine, Chinato has a very extensive wine list that can range in price from $10 a glass to over $100 a bottle. 

Service and Atmosphere
The service throughout the night was prompt, informative and friendly, everything you would expect at a restaurant the caliber of Chinato. The menu is a little overwhelming to read but our server explained and answered any questions we had beautifully.  Chinato also has a wonderful vibe to it.  We both found the interior of the restaurant to feel very homey, but still very modern. 
With tasty food, a good drink list, and great service we would highly recommend dinner at Chinato!
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3 comments:

Crystal @EatDrinkClev said...

One of my very favorites - so glad you finally made it!

Renee said...

I really enjoy Chinato and feel it doesn't get the local attention it deserves. I know exactly what you mean about the menu being overwhelming, though. Most of the terminology is extremely regional and unfamiliar to the average diner (or even a well versed "foodie.") I've eaten there 5 or 6 times and I've probably missed a wonderful dish simply because I have no idea what the menu means to convey.

When you return, I HIGHLY recommend the beef braised in Amarone and served over polenta. It's one of my favorite meals. My only complaint is that I tend to dine out downtown more in the warm Summer months and Chinato's menu doesn't change with the seasons. The dishes seem more suited to Winter comfort food, so you dined at the absolute perfect time of year!

rachel @ clefashionista said...

I love this place! It's especially nice at lunch when the prices are a little more affordable and the menu is a little more readable :-)

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