|Customer Stories and
|Bruno's is flat out the best Italian food in town
and fabulous wine selection. I have been coming
to Bruno's for several years and have never
been disappointed. About 14 of us took Mom
there for her 70th birthday and everyone loved it.
I have been to one wine tasting too and it was a
great. One of the best pairings of food and wine I
have seen. I'm looking forwards to the next one.
Thank you Bruno's
|We have many rentals in the area and stopped
by for lunch one day. We could not believe
how good the food was. We have been coming
back regularly ever since for lunch and dinner.
It is a 30 minute drive for us, but well worth the
drive. The service is always outstanding.
Bruno is always very busy but always says
hello. One time it was so busy on a Saturday
night that after waiting about an hour, Bruno
brought us into the back room and sat us
there. It was our own private room with a
fireplace. We loved it. I hope to be able to sit
there again and love the food and service.
|Quite a few years ago, my colleague asked me if I
wanted to join him and his wife for lunch. Of
course, I said yes and nothing surprised me more
than the beautiful oasis of Bruno's. I felt like I was
in Italy on my lunch hour.
Needless to say, I have invited everyone I know
for lunch at Bruno's. Colleagues, family and
business associates all agree that Bruno's is the
best! The food is generous and delicious, the
atmosphere is charming and the prices are
I was recently with a business associate and she
agreed that it was a bit of heaven in the middle of
the day. She loved her entree and was going to
recommend Bruno's to her family members.
Than you for being a cozy respite in the middle of
a harried working day.
Run, don't walk, to Bruno's for a taste of Italy.
|We were first introduced to Bruno's by a
neighbor a few years ago... Our first experience
was fantastic... Such a charming restaurant and
the food... hmmmmmm... Great!
My husband and I have also been involved with a
neighborhood Wine Tasting group... And our
group has been to Bruno's for your outstanding
Wine Tastings... Once again... The choice of
menu for these events have been excellent.
Appetizer, entree and dessert selections AND
the choice of wines... Perfect choices!!!
We have brought friends to Bruno's and they
love it there. I have a dear friend that lives in
Rome... I look forward to having she and her
husband here to visit and will most definitely
bring them to Bruno's... They'll feel like they are
still in Italy!
Only ONE complaint.. The food portions are
huge!!! But... I always look forward to enjoying
the "left overs" the next day...
May I also mention the service and friendliness
of your staff... They are delightful and make for a
wonderful dining experience.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
|Your ristorante is a boon to our neighborhood.
It's reputation and staying power here have
helped me direct folks to a "point of light" shining
on the near west side.
Though I've only eaten at the restaurant one
time (not by choice), I've nonetheless had the
privilege of dinging on your fine cuisine at
different places (i.e., St Procop's dinners; Sokok
Greater Cleveland Women's class reunions; fish
frys at St John Bosco to mention a few). Each
time I can say it was a grand meal.
When I had to plan our Women's class
get-together, the first place I thought of was
Bruno's catering. Price was in line with our
budget and afterwards, everyone came back to
me to say (even weeks later) how much they
enjoyed the meal and presentation. How it was
done with glass and attention to each of them, as
though they ere the only person being served.
And that's how I've felt with each dining
Thank you for your "class" and looking forward
to the next meal a la Bruno's. (and don't you
dare stop smiling)
|Our new friends invited us to join them at your
restaurant. We had never been to Bruno's before
& we love Italian food. We were not disappointed
at Bruno's from the app's, salad thru the entrees
and the desserts we were in Italy heaven - so
good. They are great people and spending the
evening with them and feasting on your excellent
cuisine was one of the most memorable evenings
that my wife and i have had in a long time - viva
Bruno's and our good friends - they favorite place
for Italian food is now OURS!
Tim & Kathy - Elyria
|My wife and I are both from N.J. just outside of
New Your City. The Italian restaurants in that area
are outstanding. In the last 35 years that we have
been married we have lived in Chicago, Houston,
Boston, Philadelphia and for the last 9 years here
in the Cleveland area. Of the cities we previously
lived only Philadelphia came close to the quality of
the Italian restaurants in N.J and N.Y. About 5
years ago we were introduced to Bruno's and now
we can put Cleveland in the same category with
NY and NJ and Philly.
I personally enjoy the calamari, homemade bread,
sauces and wine selection.
It is sometimes tough to get a reservation on the
weekend but is well worth the effort.
Mike - Avon
|We first came to Bruno's with our group of 10 that
we have dinner with once a month, with each
couple taking turns picking a restaurant of their
choice. Our friends chose Bruno's, we had never
heard of it, and I don't understand why we hadn't
Since then, I have brought my son Brian who went
to school in NY City right across from Little Italy.
We all were spoiled there by the true Italian food
and atmosphere. When I took him to Bruno's he
said it was just like being in Little Italy, NY. He
loved the food as much as my husband and I. We
returned again with both son's and enjoyed
another fabulous meal. Everything we order is
mouthwatering. My husband came back again with
7 business associates from out of town and
everyone raved about the food! We are returning
again with another couple on Saturday. We love
turning people on to great restaurants in
Let me tell you, all of these visits have been since
the end of January and it is only March 5th.
That is a record for us. We dine out a lot, but
have never repeated the same restaurant so
many times in such a short period of time.
at Bruno's. We'll be coming back for a long time.
Sue - Berea
|I came to know Bruno's Restaurant in 1997 or 1998 after reading
an article in the Plain Dealer. Having grown up in the West 41st
Street area and attending the now demolished Thomas Jefferson
Junior High School, I was intrigued that someone would actually
open a restaurant in the area, I was further intrigued by the fact
that the owner, Bruno, was the head chef for the Cleveland
Browns before that scum bag, Art Modell, sold out the fine citizens
of Cleveland and moved the team to Baltimore.
Being a former long time resident of the area I was familiar with the
neighborhood including Fridrich's Bicycle shop, The Hot Dog Inn,
Johnny's Hot Dog and of course the West Side Market. I also
spend to much time at the former Ohio City Tavern but that's
another story. With overwhelming curiosity I scooped up a few
co-workers and set my sights on lunch at Bruno's. As we exited
I-90, my suburban co-workers kept asking "where are you taking
us" I kept them in the dark until we pulled into the driveway of the
car wash, I said "we are getting the car washed and checking out
a new Italian Restaurant" One co-worker looked around nervously
and asked if we were getting lunch "to go."
We crossed the street and entered into the "perfect" Italian
restaurant, friendly and cozy with the theme from The Godfather
gently playing in the background. We were early and the first
guests for lunch that day. The hostess quickly pulled two tables
together to accommodate our group. Menu's were distributed
while I casually gave everyone a brief history from the PD article.
And then the most incredible thing happened, the bread and
butter arrived. We placed our orders and anxiously awaited a
second basket of bread. It arrived quickly along with a nice salad
with fabulous Italian dressing. We devoured the second basket of
bread just as the entree's arrived, Gnocchi for some, pizza and
chicken parmigiana sandwiches for others. By this time the
restaurant was filling up with police officers, hospital workers and a
few business men. There was less than our usual lunch
conversation as everyone was seriously focused on the food.
After we cleaned our plates, Bruno stopped by and we introduced
ourselves. It was then that we unanimously agreed that Bruno's
would be a monthly even for lunch. Our little group stayed
together for about four years and for the most part we kept our
monthly routine, always with anticipation of the bread, butter,
salad and what to try next. Over the years we were never
disappointed and Bruno's became our favorite lunch event.
A few years ago I started taking a very special lady to Bruno's for
dinner on Friday nights, dining on the best Manicotti in town.
We've also met some interesting people, Mario and Lou have
been my favorites. We've joked and talked with the staff and I
have fond memories of drinking punch, espresso and smoking
with the staff after closing.
I'm sorry to say that I have not been back for about a year, shame
on me. I will see you soon.
Bob - Lakewood
|We tell EVERYONE that it is our favorite Italian
Restaurant. I am Italian, so I consider myself a
good judge of Italian food. Everything I try there is
great. My husband, however, is in a rut that he
doesn't want to get out of. He loves the calamari
and even though he always says he is going to
order something different, he always orders it. oh
well, whatever makes him happy. We both love
bringing people there who have never been to
Bruno's before. They all love it, and we have
returned with the same people numerous times.
Great job you guys! Your servers are very
friendly and efficient and we like the atmosphere
of feeling like home..
|Most of us appreciate good food, good service
and a good value. Bruno's brings home the rare
triple! I have my favorite three or four restaurants.
But I have a special love affair with Bruno's Italian
Restaurant. Since being introduced to the
restaurant by a friend five years ago I have done
the same favor for 30 people or more. High on life,
I can't go a week without some great Italian food
prepared home style with hands that treat you like
you are part of the family. It is a little like going
home to Mom's great cooking and knowing that
your day's ambition if focused on making sure you
eat well and you don't go home hungry. When
great food is priority Bruno's is my home way from
Chuck - Westlake
|There are so many things on the menu that are so
great. I love gnocchi and the portions are so ample
that I had to take some home. A friend found my
leftovers in the refrig, ate them, and wouldn't stop
talking about going to Bruno's - I had to take him.
|I first went to your restaurant for a retirement
gathering and I could honestly say that there was
not one thing I could complain about or anything
missing. It was truly wonderful food, staff and the
atmosphere was excellent. I went back again
thinking it could not be true, how good and
positive my first experience was and once again it
was a great experience. I tell all my friends about
your restaurant and all have also enjoyed
Thanks for the great experience and wonderful
Laurie - Strongsville
|Bruno's restaurant is on of those hidden gems,
that once found is never forgotten! It took us
years to finally visit, the PD article on the
refrigerator turning yellow. And finally, we came
and have raved about the service and the food
has been simply out of this world.
Every chance we get, we bring friends and family.
I do know that eventually I will beat Bruno with my
"homemade" Limoncello. So hopefully, this time, i
will be the winner and promise to bring my
homemade for the ultimate taste off for staff &
Again, thank you for making every visit & every
meal plain wonderful!
Vicki - Cleveland
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful food. I am
Italian and was raised on all homemade Italian
food. It is very hard for my friends to take me for
Italian food anywhere. When a friend of mine
went to your restaurant they told me I had to try
the food. I took them on their advise and I am
hooked for life. The food is very good, very fresh
and made the true Italian way. I live in Avon and
it is sure worth the drive.
Donna - Avon
|Everyone here at Bruno's wants to
thank everyone for such kind words!!
It warms our hearts to read the
stories above!! Thank you so much!!!
|I was at Bruno's last evening for the first time. As I sit
here eating my leftovers for lunch (about which I
fantasized all morning) I just HAD to write to say
BRAVO! What a great meal! The service was perfect,
the food was incredible! I can't wait to return to try
something else from the extensive menu. I had the
melanzane lasagna and it was SO delicious! Where
else but in my own mama's kitchen could i get food
this lovingly and delectably prepared? At Bruno's! A
little hidden gem and worth seeking.