Hands down, Trentina is the most glamorous restaurant in Cleveland. My parallels for glamor shift on the paradigm of either champagne and french fry room service in bed OR the most perfect 12 course dinner in an intimate restaurant with some of the most fantastic decor, ever.
Truly, I could just move in. The wall paper, the art, hell, even the silverware is perfection. I can’t believe it was just a month ago that JPC and I were having our own romantic dinner there. So much has changed in that month, when coming back to preview their spring menu, JPC was in the hospital recovering…life changes are swift.
That being said, the chandelier over the tables is a great reminder of everything wonderful we do together – we sat having champagne with the Sawyers and some other fantastic folks prior to Trentina opening to string some glass beads for that chandelier, and it serves as a great reminder to all the fun we have.
So, back to the menu. Chef Sawyer is just so damn passionate (and a current James Beard Award finalist). I love the menu, and from Charlene’s post, it’s clear that the course favorite is the koji scallop. My date for the evening, Marika, and I both agreed that the scallop tasted like nothing we’d ever had – but it was nothing short of delicious. Other highlights – the chitarrini, because well, I’m an Italian who loves pasta and I could eat a dozen runny eggs a day.
Seriously, this restaurant is so perfect for a sexy night out – BUT I also had such an amazing time with my friend. This date was our first time out alone and a 4 hour dinner of amazing, unique food was such a fantastic experience to share with her and the perfect way to get to know her better. Truly, the dining experience is heaven if you have a foodie friend or are looking for a romantic night out.. try one or both…. and maybe I’ll see you at brunch.
Bonus? They’re rocking two $5,000 toilets from Toto. I would be a liar if I didn’t admit to having a few cocktails and playing around with that remote control device. Weird to enjoy in a public bathroom? Probably. Weirder that JPC noticed my extra trips to the restroom during our dinner? NOPE. Sorry, not sorry. As if you needed a final reason – the wallpaper is just the best backdrop for a #selfie 😉
Full disclosure: I was invited to attend the media preview of the spring menu for myself and a guest, all opinions are my own.