Michael Symon wants you to order in. The Lola chef’s new cookbook, Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen, is already on sale at Amazon.com (you can preorder it for $24.88). Co-written by Cleveland author Michael Ruhlman, the book is scheduled to be released Nov. 3, 2009. “The content makes the book wholly accessible for chefs and novice home cooks,” says Heidi Robb, the book’s recipe tester. “Ruhlman captures the essence of Michael beautifully — the sincerity, integrity and fun he brings to his cooking.”
A New Chapter
As Eddie Cerino closes one chapter of his career by leaving Brecksville’s Eddie’s Creekside, he’s beginning another in Seven Hills. His latest venture, Eddie’s Pizzeria Cerino, offers moderately priced pizzas, pastas, salads and soups. “We wanted to put a fantastic pizza out there, and we felt that in the area that we’re in, there wasn’t anything else here,” says Ed Cerino Jr. “Business has been going well. It’s pretty much all we can ask for with the economy the way it is.” And customers at the former Eddie’s Creekside will also notice a change on the sign outside the restaurant. The place will now be known as Creekside Restaurant & Bar. The new Web address is creeksiderestaurant.com, but everything else will stay the same.
On the Subject of Change
Under new ownership since November, the Boneyard Beer Farm in downtown’s Gateway neighborhood is now Forti’s Bourbon, Beer & Eatery. But the restaurant has undergone more than just a name change. “It doesn’t look anything like it used to,” says owner Chris Forti. There’s a new bar, more TVs, metal railings, and the skeleton décor is gone. There’s also more than 20 bourbons added to the 40 beers on tap. Forti plans to start regular bourbon tastings this year. The postgame crowd can still stop in for late-night eats with an expanded menu available until 2 a.m. with all items under $7.50.
While it will still boast an island atmosphere,Vhooda in Middleburg Heights has now become Blue Snapper. The former textbook-sized menu has also been slimmed down to feature a more modest amount of burgers, wraps, steaks and seafood. Once warm weather arrives, manager David Howes says, renovations will be made to the outdoor patio and bar, including the addition of a large glass sliding door that leads to the outside space.
Fans of Parallax can take advantage of its new “green hour“ deals: six drink specials and 10 menu items for under $10 (5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday). Mussels with thyme, soft-shell crab po’ boys and sushi are among the offerings.
Eddie’s Pizzeria Cerino, 7305 Broadview Road, Suite H, Seven Hills, (216) 236-6007
Vieng’s Asian Bistro, 139 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, (440) 871-2888
Agave’s, 470 W. Aurora Road, Sagamore Hills
Bon Appetito, 8335 Tanglewood Square, Chagrin Falls
Swingos on the Lake, 12900 Lake Ave., Lakewood
Swingos Grand Tavern, 232858 Walker Road, Avon Lake