12210 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
Come to Corbo’s Bakery on the weekend and be prepared to find a crowd. Known city-wide as the place for Italian baked goods, it is probably best known for its cassata cake. Ever since Mario Batali proclaimed it his favorite cassata cake in the United States, it’s become the bakery’s signature dessert. In business since 1948, Corbo’s also satisfies Clevelanders’ appetites for biscotti, cannoli, Italian breads and pizza dough to-go.
Located on the corner of Murray Hill and Mayfield Roads, Mia Bella is the epicenter of Little Italy. Its European-style sidewalk seating offers the best people watching location in the neighborhood. Inside or out, you’ll enjoy fine dining in this award-winning restaurant. Three cheese tortellini is the signature dish, but consider the scallops if seafood is more to your liking. Valet parking is available and can be a convenient choice in this congested area.
Completely unpretentious, this Cleveland Sicilian classic is the place for casual dining on a budget. Known for its pizza, Mama Santa’s offers a full menu of Italian fare. Wood-paneled dining rooms and plastic table covers make you think you’re dining in your Italian grandmother’s basement. The staff at this family-run restaurant is friendly and portions are large, so plan on taking home a doggie bag.Related: Historic Walking Tour of Cleveland
Murray Hill is where you’ll find dozens of art galleries, and the largest collection is in this one building. Covering a diverse section of the arts, there’s likely something here to interest all ages groups. Photographers and violin makers can be found alongside yoga artists and niche printers and publishers. Consult the website for a complete list of current tenants on the three floors of this historic 1907 former school building.
Lake View Cemetary
12316 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Lake View Cemetery makes up the entire northeastern border of Little Italy and was the main draw for many Italian marble masons who settled here in the late 1800s. Its website proclaims this as “Grounds for Life,” and it is both a tourist destination as well as a local favorite. Notable sites include James Garfield’s tomb, John D. Rockefeller’s monument as well as the Lake View Cemetery Dam, which creates an 80-million-gallon lake. Study nature, geology, architecture or history with a variety of self-guided walking, driving or bus tours.
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