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“First class food”
Review of Etna

Etna
Ranked #27 of 1,840 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Goshen, Indiana
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159 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“First class food”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Our niece graduated in Cleveland in June and after the ceremony her family took us to Little Italy to celebrate. We had teenagers through seniors in our party but no small children. They chose Etna's for the meal and it was a great choice. As others have mentioned the interior is very small and the tables are close together with not a lot of room to maneuver. As the place filled up the noise level rose, which can be disconcerting for those who like a intimate and quiet meal, but I am told that it was very typical of restaurants in Italy.
Our waiter was very hard to understand and did not really try to help those in our party who had questions about the different dishes. The house "salad" was very different with several different types of lettuces and a little bit of olive oil with fresh pepper - we asked for some balsamic vinegar which greatly improved the taste of the "salad".
I chose a seafood special that was outstanding with fish, calamari, shrimp, mussels and clams and like nothing you would ever get in a typical Italian restaurant - no thick red or white sauce or pasta but a tasty tomato broth with herbs and garlic. My husband had a tortellini dish that was also very tasty, but not run of the mill. My mother-in-law had the fish special that she said was very good (she ate it all without sharing so I have to take her word for it :). Everyone in our party agreed that it was a fabulous meal and a great place to celebrate.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
“THE BEST RESTAURANT IN CLEVELAND”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

carlo specially was friendly theee restaurantt is small but very well coming all is recomend specially helpful see carlo the food is delicious i love edna ristorante

  • Visited June 2013
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Cleveland Heights, Ohio
1 review
“Amazing Cuisine”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

I had dinner with two of my friends here a few Sundays ago and it was phenomenal. The antipasti special was perfect to share as an appetizer. I had the Rainbow Trout, another special, which was very simple and let the fresh taste of the fish speak for itself. My friends both had specials as well: the Lamb Shank and the ravioli special, which came in an Osso Buco meat sauce that was absolutely to die for. Eli, our server, was exceptional and extremely friendly and attentive even though the restaurant was quite busy. I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves real Italian food (not meatballs or breaded and fried Eggplant Parmesan) and is looking for a cozy old-world feel. We will be back!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Dan S
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Strongsville, Ohio
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food- terrible service”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We dined with two other couples at this restaurant. The food was excellent. The server, however, was very arrogant. He did not answer our questions about food selections or wine. He assured us that he would give individual checks to each couple, but when he presented the bill, it was for the entire party. He said he couldn't give individual bills because he did not have a computer. This made things very difficult as our selections varied widely in price.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Peggy0762
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Chicago, IL
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Average for a Sicilian, Very Good for Everyone Else”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is an authentic Sicilian restaurant in that what is being served is traditional home-cooking versus Sicilian fine dining. The entire menu is standard Italian fare (not meaning Italian-American red-sauce style dishes) using quality but simple basic ingredients that stand out for their superior flavor rather than skilled preparation. To anyone not acquainted with family-style Italian food, this is what you'd be served at a family dinner versus a restaurant (and there is nothing wrong with that). Simple preparations of authentic ingredients is what this type of cooking is all about and in that respect, well worth experiencing although we felt the food was overpriced. Anyone from an Italian family, however, will recognize what is being served as what one would regularly get at home and nothing special, and then the prices become pretty hard to swallow (and you may end up feeling like you could have prepared it better yourself...). If you are in the mood for some simple home-style Italian cooking or would like to try it, this is your place. The restaurant itself is cozy, the owner is indeed very charming and our server was very nice.

  • Visited November 2012
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