When you get an email on a Monday asking if you’d like to have dinner at Trentina to preview their Spring menu, you never say no. No matter how busy the day seems. (Even if it means missing the Cavs v. Heat game – which apparently was not that exciting anyway.)
I’ve been to Trentina a couple of times now and it has never disappointed. One of my favorite experiences at Trentina is when Chef Sawyer stops over to explain a dish or two. You can see the passion in his face that he has for the restaurant and the Northern Italy experience that he is bringing to Cleveland. (He even brought us a cheese that sounded similar to Charlene…cause, why not right?)
The menu bianco is a 12-course (yes, 12 courses!) tasting meal where each person has the opportunity to have a different dish. So essentially, you have the chance to try 24 different dishes from Chef Sawyer. Add in some great wine and/or beer, and you are set to have a delightful night.
While I enjoyed each bite of the dinner, my absolute favorite was the scallop with koji and cherry bone marrow sauce – both Justin and I decided that it was the best bite of food either of us have had. (I think I’m still dreaming about how delicious that was.)
Trentina brings the tastes of Northern Italy to University Circle. James Beard nominee, Chef Sawyer and his team, offer a unique dining experience unlike any other in Cleveland. I personally love how small and intimate the dining experience is and the fact that Chef Sawyer is able to walk around and talk to each table, sharing more about the menu and dishes, as well as his inspiration for each. Two dinner menus are offered, including the menu bianco and an a la carte dinner menu. Trentina also offers lunch daily and brunch on the weekends (which I need to try ASAP).
If you haven’t yet been, find a date and time to spend a couple of hours in University Circle at Trentina. I can promise you, you will not be disappointed.
Disclaimer: In exchange for this blog post, I, and a guest, was invited to the media preview of the spring menu bianco by Trentina. All opinions are my own.