Happy Hour Spotlight: M Italian

M Italian | 22 West Orange St. | Chagrin Falls, OH

Credit: mitalian.com

Setting
Located in scenic Chagrin Falls, M Italian is a stylish and unique restaurant that wouldn’t be out of place in New York or Los Angeles. With its rustic decor, high ceilings, indoor-outdoor bar, attractive patio with modern garage-style doors, open kitchen and glass-blown chandeliers, M Italian offers guests a vibrant and stylized atmosphere. About those chandeliers … they come from The Glass Asylum, a glass-blowing studio that occupies an adjacent space in the building. Diners at M Italian are treated to a dinner theater of sorts, as they can watch customers—through a pane of glass—who are creating one-of-a-kind light fixtures and works of art.

Glass-blown chandeliers via mitalian.com

Food and Drink
There are deals to be had at M Italian’s happy hour. For starters, guests are given a loaf of warm, pull-apart bread accompanied by seasoned olive oil. Food on the happy hour menu costs $5 – $7, as the restaurant offers half off all appetizers and pizzas. Dishes include calamari, mussels, meatballs, flatbreads and zuchinni frittes. Unsurprisingly, the stars of the happy hour are the wood-fired pizzas, which are crusty, flavorful and more than enough for two people.

M Italian has plenty of libations to accompany its delicious pies. A Peroni draft beer is $4, house wine is $5 and signature cocktails (11 to be exact!) are $6. Wine includes pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Blueberry lemontinis, VIP martinis, electric lemonade and Sicilian mules are a sampling of the signature cocktails. A favorite of my guests is the bellini cipriani, a refreshing drink ideal for a summer evening on the patio.

The stylish patio via mitalian.com

Notes
M Italian’s happy hour is from 3 – 6 p.m seven days a week and is offered anywhere in the restaurant. On my three visits, the service has been superb—staff was very attentive and asked me and my guests for our names. Complimentary valet parking is available at the front of the building. I recommend becoming a rewards member as well—you can read about the benefits of doing so here.

Credit: mitalian.com

Rating Scale & Verdict
🍷 🍷=Average 🍷🍷🍷=Good 🍷🍷🍷🍷=Excellent

🍷🍷🍷🍷 People familiar with me know that I am not fond of driving to the east side. The fact that I’m willing to do so for M Italian may be the greatest endorsement I can give. In all seriousness, this is a distinctive and inviting restaurant worth experiencing. Cheers!

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