Cleveland August 07, 2017
11 Hidden Gems You Must Explore In Cleveland’s Little Italy
One of Cleveland’s most enchanting neighborhoods is Little Italy, a historical stretch of beautiful shops, art galleries, and authentic Italian restaurants. The Victorian storefronts and charming locals makes this neighborhood one of Cleveland’s most walkable neighborhoods, and as such it is a destination you simply must visit. Plan a trip to this lovely place, and consider visiting some of Little Italy’s hidden gems:
1. Corbo's Bakery and Cafe, 12210 Mayfield Road
No trip to this amazing historical district is complete without a trip to Corbo's! Enjoy delicious pastries, like cannoli and cookies in a bakery where the aromas will make your stomach growl. Corbo's is open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
2. Topsi Turvi, 12412 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
Topsi Turvi is a gem of a gift shop in Little Italy. Gifts range from handcrafts to lanterns, offering something that will delight visitors of all ages. It opens daily at noon and closes at 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
3. Guarino's, 12309 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
This old-school restaurant is one of the homiest places in Little Italy. Its cozy ambiance and traditional Italian fare will create the perfect destination to catch your breath after a busy day of walking. Stop by Monday through Thursday between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and midnight, or Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
4. Heartstrings, 2062 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland
This eclectic shop is a delightful mashup of antiques, fair trade goods, local artwork, and more! They are typically open noon to 6 p.m., though their hours are "artistically inconsistent" and they may be open even later. Be sure to stop by; you never know what you'll find!
5. Club Isabella, 2175 Cornell Road, Cleveland
Club Isabella, a lovely restaurant serving French cuisine, is a rather unexpected find in Little Italy. With a relaxed ambiance and tasty pasta, it's worth mixing up your visit with a trip at Club Isabella. It is open weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m.
6. Murray Hill Market, 2072 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland
This market offers a lot to love in the heart of Little Italy! Stock up on groceries or grab a quick snack from their delicious menu. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
7. The Sculpture Center, 1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland
This spectacular museum is one of the coolest free activities in Cleveland! Explore the works of emerging Ohio sculptors and experience Little Italy in an entirely new way. Stop in Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday between noon and 4 p.m
8. Holy Rosary Church, 12021 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
Admire the Baroque-style architecture of one of Cleveland's most beautiful Catholic parish churches!
9. Keller Art Glass, 2151 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland
Keller Art Glass is an unexpected find in Little Italy. This art gallery specializes in glass and metal works, many of which celebrate Cleveland's musical heritage. Open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., this is a must-see destination!
10. La Bella Vita, 2013 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland
Indulge yourself in Italian elegence at this spectacular store. Here you can find an abundance of fine Italian ceramics and gifts that you can take home to immortalize your trip to Little Italy!
11. Algebra Tea House, 2136 Murray Hill Road, Cleveland
Algebra Tea House
is a superb way to unwind after a busy day in Little Italy. Visitors rave about Algebra Tea House's tea, coffee, and other beverages. The food is delicious and it is served up in one of the zaniest cafes you have ever seen! Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Algebra offers a delightful escape from the busy Cleveland streets.
Little Italy is perhaps one of Cleveland’s coolest cultural sites. With so much to do, it’s a neighborhood that is well worth the visit. What is your favorite destination in this historic neighborhood? Let us know in the comments and share your favorite photos from Cleveland’s Little Italy!