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  • Zack Bruell Opens Chinato: Simple Italian Cuisine with a Contemporary Twist

    East Fourth Street Restaurant Promises Italian Experience with Distinct Bruell Style

    Cleveland – Zack Bruell, award-winning chef and restaurateur, announces the opening of Chinato, an old-meets-new Italian culinary concept on Cleveland’s East Fourth Street.  Chinato, named after a flavorful Italian after-dinner wine enriched with herbs, spices and Cinchona bark, is Bruell’s fourth restaurant within the city of Cleveland.

    Bruell designed Chinato’s menu to highlight the simplicity of all Italian cuisine, not limiting himself to one region or technique.  “Authentic Italian food is simple and flavorful – regardless of whether you’re in Tuscany, Sicily or Campania,” said Bruell.  “I wanted to stay true to that.”  Chinato’s menu features Bruell’s take on simplistic Italian dishes, like Bistecca ala Florentina, accented with Lemon; Sweetbread Fritto Misto with Fried Caper Berries, Carrot and Zucchini Julienne; and Raviolis with Pork, Veal, Zucchini and Shiitake Mushrooms with Melted Butter and Parmesan.  Antipasti offerings are just as appealing, with options like Buratta with Grilled Toast and Cold Tomato Basil Sauce and Involtini of Eggplant Stuffed with Ricotta and Shrimp.

    Like Bruell’s other restaurants, Chinato is heavy on atmosphere.  Architect Ron Reed worked with Bruell to design a space that combines urban vibrancy with old-world charm.  “Walking into Chinato will feel like you are walking into a sepia tone Italian photograph from the 1920’s,” said Bruell.  “To create the ideal restaurant, the energy and environment are just as important as the cuisine.  This has not been overlooked at Chinato.”

    The opening of Chinato marks Bruell’s fourth unique culinary concept within Cleveland’s city limits, in addition to Parallax in the city’s Tremont neighborhood, Table 45 at the InterContinental Cleveland and L’Albatros in University Circle.  The restaurateur has developed a streamlined process for the opening of upscale, modern restaurants with high return on investment, allowing him to ensure quality and consistency at any Bruell-branded location.  “I have developed a formula for success that has been tested and proven for decades,” said Bruell.  “That is evident in the planning and attention to detail that goes into every aspect of each of my restaurants.”

    About Zack Bruell

    More than 25 years ago, Cleveland Magazine credited Zachary Bruell with introducing the area to an emerging west-coast trend of bistro dining and fusion cuisine.

    Bruell brought the concept from his work with famed chef Michael McCarty of the landmark eatery, Michael’s Santa Monica – a restaurant recognized for influencing dining attitudes throughout North America with its California nouvelle cuisine.

    Bruell imported the new style to Cleveland, where he opened Z Contemporary Cuisine in Shaker Heights in the early 1980s.  After selling Z, Bruell ran the kitchen at Ken Stewart’s in Akron. By 2004, he opened Parallax in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, focusing on fusion seafood and featuring a sushi bar.

    By 2006, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove asked Bruell to take over the main restaurant at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland, where he created Table 45 – an award-winning World Cuisine concept, named a 2007 Best New Restaurant by Esquire magazine.

    In 2009, Bruell opened L’Albatros on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, returning to the classic French roots of modern American bistro dining.  L’Albatros has been featured in USA Today, and was named one of Cleveland’s Best New Restaurants by the readers of Cleveland Magazine.

    Now, Bruell opens Chinato, taking modern cultural cuisine to a completely new level with a simple, yet modern, Italian menu and décor, done only as Bruell can.

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