Who We Are
Executive Chef and Co-Owner
When making career choices, “Chef V,” a native of Lithuania, was originally torn between his love for music and his love for cooking. As a result, he spent the early 90’s spinning records and running a popular nightclub by night, while attending culinary school by day. Ultimately, his culinary passion and curiosity won out.
In 1996 V came to the United States and completed professional culinary training under Loretta Paganini at her school in Chesterland, Ohio, which included an externship at Aureole, New York. V continues to teach at the Paganini School as a guest instructor.
V’s culinary philosophy is based on a passion, curiosity, and love of foods that keep him continuously inspired to create new dishes and invigorate classic bistro favorites.
Host and Co-Owner
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Cole builds his vision of the dining experience not only from his time spent working in four-star hotels and restaurants but also from his memories as a teenager working for his uncles who both owned legendary establishments.
After 15 years working in restaurants he began selling wine to restaurants. It was ultimately this view, walking in and out of the kitchens and offices of dozens of restaurants, talking to owners, chefs, managers, his customers, that he began to formulate the core of what makes a restaurant successful. Americano is his first attempt to elaborate those ideals.
Cole has traveled Europe and the American west coast as a wine distributor and brand manager for hundreds of wine labels and worked directly with wine makers and vineyard owners. Cole can handle any of your wine sourcing needs.
Cole has been a referee for the Burning River Roller Girls for seven years. Saturday nights in the spring time you can find him blowing his whistle and upholding the peace on the track.
Americano occupies the northern half of the first floor of One Bratenahl Place. The mid-century French dining room is formal yet inviting, with spacious table placements, period mirrors, and original artwork.
Our bar features rich birds-eye paneling and liquor bottles that multiply in a fun house of mirrors and art deco posters with a unique atmosphere that can be boisterous and private all at once.
Between the dining room and the bar sits our lounge. Low couches add to the effect of floor-to-ceiling windows and oversized original photographs. A cocktail before dinner, wine, a platter of artisan cheeses, and cozy conversation – whatever your pleasure.
Our Little Secret | Low-profile Americano Is Worth A Visit
By Douglas Trattner
Most restaurants go out of their way to make noise. Others quietly chug along in hopes of getting noticed. Americano clearly falls in the second category, yet if given the opportunity, I'm fairly certain they'd prefer to be in the first.
Almost imperceptibly, the Euro-American bistro slipped into One Bratenahl Place, the posh twin-condo compound near the Lake Erie shore. Apart from my mention of the news on this page a few months back, there has been nary a peep about the place. And that's too bad, because it is well worth checking out. Read more...
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