Why? Glow and Restaurant Trentina!

Last night, Mom and I enjoyed a lovely ladies night out in University Circle. We wanted to do something special together that was also festive and holiday-ish. So, we started at Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

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I had just taken Jeffrey to Glow the day before, but going to Glow in the evening is a different and much more sparkly experience. Glow is open until 9pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, so you can see the lights from both Glow and all of University Circle in the dark.

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From the beautiful trees decorated by local garden clubs to the twinkling lights to the live music, this event is such a great way to get in the holiday spirit. And speaking of spirits, last night was Glow’s Holiday Hoppy Hour, with beer tastings of three great local Christmas Ales, as well as holiday karaoke.

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While listening to karaoke renditions of “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby,” we sipped on Fat Head’s Holly Jolly, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale, and Butcher and the Brewer Spice, Spice Baby. Oh, I love Christmas beer and Cleveland certainly has it’s share of great homegrown ones!

From Glow, we headed just a hop, skip, and jump over to Restaurant Trentina. Trentina features both their Menu Bianco (a tasting menu with 12 elegant courses) and an a la carte menu. We went with the a la carte menu for last night’s dinner.

I completely failed to take pictures of our appetizers, but we shared the table bread, with an edible beef suet candle, and the grilled broccoli. Both dishes show off Trentina’s wood-fired oven that adds a delicious, rustic taste to the food.

I couldn’t decide between the beef osso bucco and the rigatoni con Bolognese bianco, so I didn’t! Trentina offers half-sized portions of certain pasta dishes, so you can sample more than one.

Both dishes featured pasta made in house and are packed with rich, decadent, delicious flavors. The beef osso bucco (which was also Mom’s choice) was so tender and just the perfect winter dish. It was topped with dehydrated olives and, while I’m normally not a fan of olives, I found they added a nice saltiness. The lamb Bolognese on the rigatoni was smoky and reminded me how much I love lamb!

I got the affogato for dessert (espresso poured over gelato) and I pretty much started planning a trip to Italy (or maybe just back to Trentina) right then.

What a perfect holiday ladies night out! University Circle is such a treasure, from the culture to the food!

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