The Americano Concept
The story has it that Americans traveling to Rome found the local espresso too small and strong for their palate. The local baristas would add a little hot water and serve it in a larger cup preserving the flavor of their favorite coffee but presenting it in a fashion more familiar to the "Americanos" and thus naming the beverage.
The legendary bistros of Paris were humble working class dining rooms. Family owned and operated and loyal to their neighborhood. Their kitchens would render savory sauces and tender cuts by way of lengthy reductions and slow roasting. Vegetables tasted fresh because the chef would have bought them himself early that morning and the Boeuf Bourguignon would be tender because it had been simmering since earlier that morning.
And so we have Americano, Original Great Lakes Bistro. An original menu of reinterpreted bistro classics using as much locally provisioned and seasonal ingredients as possible, a relaxed dining experience, thoughtful wine list, and prices that will bring you back often. Great coffee too, brewed or espresso!
Americano is located in Bratenahl Place, in the historic Bratenahl neighborhood on Cleveland's east side. Take I-90 to the Eddy Road / Bratenahl exit, turn north onto Eddy and drive straight into Bratenahl Place. The restaurant is located in the first building, Bratenahl One, behind the guard post.
At the guard post, please advise the guard that you are visiting the restaurant and you will be permitted through.
Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as well as we are able. Please call us at (216) 541-3900 or place your reservation online:
Bar and Lounge: Monday through Saturday, 4:00pm – 12:00am
The Dining Room: Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
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