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Bites Nearby: Gusto!

The music, ambiance and dining of old Italy

If you associate accordion music with France or polka bands, you might dance to a different tune when you’re serenaded by Ricardo Salerno at the Salerno family’s Little Italy restaurant,

The Old World atmosphere is matched by dishes prepared with care. In the antipasti course, you might be lured by calamari della Liguria, North Atlantic squid sautéed with tomato, fresh herbs and a chardonnay reduction.

The thin-sliced Prosciutto di Parma is served with a mini cantaloupe, and the bruschetta is grilled ciabatta with smoked mozzarella, grilled asparagus and prosciutto with white truffle oil.

As for pasta, the ravioli aragosta is lobster and mascarpone ravioli with fresh tomato, champagne, and basil.

For the carnivore, there’s a 12-ounce Black Pearl pork chop with gorgonzola cheese, finished with a cabernet poached pear reduction.

There are also five salads on the menu, including the classic caprese di bufala with vine-ripe tomatoes, bufala mozzarella, fresh basil and vincotto.

Play on, Ricardo, play on!

12022 Mayfield Road, 216-791-9900. Open: Tues.-Thurs 5 to 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 to 11 p.m., Sun. 5 to 9 p.m. Prices: Antipasti $8-$13, La Pasta $17-$28, La Carne $25-$35.

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