Little Italy/University Circle/Uptown
While Club Isabella does not have a gluten-free menu my recent dining experience was quite pleasant.
I was offered three dishes from the menu that have no gluten component and for which the kitchen would modify the sides to accommodate my needs. These included the Grilled Bone-in Ribeye, Braised Short-ribs, and Seared Scallops. I chose the Braised Short-ribs and subbed out sweet potato puree and a side of roasted brussels sprouts.
Everyone enjoyed their selections and mine was very good. Chef/Owner, Fabio Mota, graciously visited out table after our meals were eaten and plates cleared to thank us for coming! Sadly, my taste buds missed out on dessert, there is no g-f dessert option but since none of the diners chose dessert we all finished with an after dinner drink and coffee!
The dining room at Club Isabella is quite lovely and the restaurant was quiet on the evening we dined. Club Isabella is a very nice option for an evening of Fine Dining which makes it a great location for dinner before Cleveland Orchestra events or to complement a trip to any of the University Circle museums including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Botanical Gardens, and the Cleveland Historical Society!
Every few meetings of the NEOCN are scheduled as ‘Dinner With…..’ meetings.
Our most recent ‘Dinner With’ was Tuesday, May 2nd at Thai Spice.
Thai Spice has an extensive g-f menu (link above) and the 12 diners who gathered to share dinner together this month enjoyed a wide variety of selections including Curries, Pho, Summer Rolls, Pad Thai – chicken, shrimp and tofu, Tofu Triangles, and Lemon Grass, Coconut, and Glass noodle soups!
Our next ‘Dinner With…’ meeting is scheduled for November – the location is to be determined. Past ‘Dinner With…’ events have brought us to The Oak Barrel in Independence, Melt in Rocky River, Melting Pot in Lyndhurst, Paladar in Woodmere, PF Chang’s in Beachwood, and Bomba Tacos in Rocky River.