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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nick & Tony's Italian Chophouse

1900 E. 9th St. (Short Vincent Rd.) Send to Phone

Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Nick & Tony's Italian Chophouse Restaurant Review

: Nick & Tony’s is part of a national chain, but it’s the only one in Cleveland, and each one is different. This place has created a nice combination for casually elegant business, romantic and family dining. Situated on the ground level of a big bank building, it’s somewhere between above- and below-ground, so the small windows near the top of Short Vincent-side walls let in day and night lights. The vast patio on the same side offers downtown’s largest outdoor dining area as well. The large dining area is done mostly in dark wood, with low ceilings and low lighting. Though the white-clothed tables are set fairly close together the room is relatively and refreshingly quiet. The menu offers enough selections to make you really consider your choices, but not so many that you’re overwhelmed. Most items are Italian-influenced, and oddly enough the Italian items, while good, are not particularly interesting or outstanding. Stick with the steaks, seafood and chicken. The 12-ounce Gorgonzola-crusted sirloin is very tender and flavorful, but quite rich. Better-balanced are the twin filets scampi-style, two small (but filling) tender and tasty filets, each topped with a grilled shrimp. The grilled Atlantic salmon and chicken oreganato (sautéed chicken breast with pasta, spinach and artichoke-lemon-caper sauce) are also good. Most entrée portions and side dishes are large. Service is professional and efficient.


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