Arrabbiata is the Italian word for angry, or in terms of the classic pasta sauce it means "angry style" due to the heat of the chili peppers used. The only thing to be angry about at is if you miss going there to eat for lunch or dinner.
This warm and inviting restaurant is located at 6169 Mayfield Rd., across the street from Mayfield Heights City Hall. Inside you will find white linen tablecloths contrasting nicely with the stone and tile work. The decor in earth tones is accented by rich architectural paintings of Italy. The aroma from the kitchen area convinces you that you’ve just been transported to the boot-shaped country in Europe.
There is no need to suffer jet lag or reset your watches to visit this little slice of Italy. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many of the lunch dishes are also served in heartier portions for dinner. For example, meatball, sausage or eggplant parmigian are served for lunch served over linguini marinara.
The other early bird version includes salad, soup, soft drink or a cup of coffee. Chicken Italiano stands out as a tempting choice with salami, onions, mushrooms, garlic, white wine butter sauce, and Romano cheese. There is also a veal and seafood section.
Start your dinner off by looking over the hot and cold antipasto sections. Choose from options such as artichoke vinaigrette, caprese, clams casino, stuffed mushrooms or fried calamari. When you have worked up an appetite and are ready for more, turn to the dinner menu. It is in four sections plus the house specialties.
Similar to lunch, there are pasta, chicken, veal and seafood options. Dinner, however, has more complicated dishes like shrimp linguini arrabiata.
The "Specialita" part of the menu shows off the unique touches that make Arrabbiata’s far from basic. Try Zuppa di Pesche served with red clam sauce or white wine and butter clam sauce, broiled stuffed salmon or even a seafood dinner for two. There are enough options for you to keep making the trip back again and again.
Stop by for dinner 4:30-9 p.m. Monday, 4:30-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. All early birds must be seated by 6:30 p.m.