Friday, May 22, 2009

Northern Ohio Tourism One Day Trip #1 - 2009 - Cleveland's Little Italy, Italian Food Store and Lakeview Cemetery

Some mornings you wake up and you just feel Italian. Dress in your red shirt and green khaki pants and load an empty cooler with ice in the trunk. Where you are going today, you are going to want to bring home some food for eating later. Breakfast: This is a tough one. Knowing where your stomach will end up you may want to just grab a small little healthy yogurt, bowl of cereal and of course an Italian Coffee at anyone of our local Coffee shops. Then it is off to the east side of Cleveland.

Stop #1: The first stop in our Day #1 journey will lead you to Gallucci’s Italian Market located at 6610 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland’s Midtown Corridor. For many taking this trip it will be the first time in a long time to see the new Euclid Corridor. At Gallucci’s you will be met with a wonderful “cast of characters” who will help you make your meat and cheese selections along with the other delectable goodies located in the bakery and throughout the store. They do offer a take out lunch consisting of homemade pizza to pasta to subs. When you are at the deli please ask for “Kevin”, according to Kevin he is the “good Kevin, the one that works there”. As you can tell he has a wonderful dry wit and will make your experience enjoyable, as well as all the other store employees. Don’t be afraid to let them know your not sure what to buy. When I go I like to stock-up on the grated Romano Cheese, sharp provolone and traditional Italian deli meats. Of course in the bakery I purchase a few loaves of Italian Bread as well as a new love, a loaf of Portuguese bread. Did someone say homemade cannolli? And don’t forget the many varieties of olives and their homemade tomato sauce. If you live outside the Cleveland area or you are flying do not worry they do ship!

Stop #2: Now that your cooler is full and your tummy has been reborn it is off for a little nature hiking at Lakeview Cemetery (located at 12316 Euclid Ave. Cleveland). I know what you are thinking a cemetery? Lakeview Cemetery is not your ordinary cemetery. It is rich in history and the final resting place of our 20th President – James A. Garfield. President Garfield is the only President that lays In State. The Monument is open daily April 1st through November 19th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM and is staffed with a guide. The view from the monument of downtown Cleveland and the surrounding grounds is breathtaking. The Wade Chapel is another must visit while at the cemetery. It was built in honor of Jeptha Wade, founder of The Western Union Telegraph Company, by his grandson. What I find fascinating is the interior was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany.Let’s also not forget the see the final resting place of “Rockefeller”, “Elliot Ness” and many other famous residents. Click here for more info:

Stop #3: Now off to Little Italy. An authentic little Italian community that has kept all its Italian charm. Located along Mayfield Ave – Murray Hill, there are bakeries to enjoy the faire, coffee shops to sit and enjoy the view as well as galleries filled with local artesian ware to browse. For additional info: http://www.littleitalycleveland.comFor dinner may we suggest the Guarino’s Restaurant (12309 Mayfield Rd, 216.231.3100). Located on the main street of Little Italy our party found the food to be very “Italian” and the cost not to prohibited.

Stop #4:Now what to do for the evening? How about a movie. A Great place to let your stomach take a rest and your feet. Cedar Lee Theatres located at 2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. 440.717.4696. What I like about this theater they offer a chance to view independent films as well as Hollywood films. I have seen many great independent films at this theater. After your movie you may want to finish your Italian evening off with a glass of wine at a local are pub of your choosing.