Our New Home Away from Home: The Van Aken District
Situated in the heart of The Van Aken District in the historic Shaker Heights community just 9 miles east of the Cleveland city center, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink opened in April 2019. We are excited to get to know our new neighbors like Shinola, the Van Aken Market Hall including delicious food vendors like Rising Star Coffee and On the Rise bakery, Cleveland Clothing Co., Xhibition, Double Rainbow, Mitchell’s Ice Cream, and more! With over 100,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and 102 apartments, this first phase of the Van Aken District will provide a walkable, workable and livable downtown district for Shaker Heights. Visit us by car or public transit via light rail at the Cleveland RTA Blue Line Warrensville stop!
MICHAEL’S GENUINE MENU
The food we cook is an expression of where we are and what we like to eat. We try to find the best, freshest product and get it on the plate simply, prepared with just a few complementary ingredients. Our approach to making things taste and look great is to see what we can take away, not add. It’s not about using a bunch of different sauces, rather finding a balance in contrasting textures, colors and temperatures.
Menus change often to incorporate seasonal ingredients at their peak. The Marra Forni wood oven works not just pizza but a constant stream of fish, vegetables, and proteins to build layers of flavor in each dish.
Chef de Cuisine Vinnie Cimino was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He is an Ohio beer lover and takes pride and pleasure in getting to know purveyors and farmers, the important relationships that form the backbone of our menu.
EVENTS AT MICHAEL’S GENUINE
Let Michael’s Genuine Cleveland provide not just great food but a welcoming space for your next gathering – vibrant when you want it and more nuanced for intimate occasions! Feel the warm hospitality and make yourself at home. We’ll take care of the rest, especially the memorably delicious food. Michael’s Genuine can accommodate festivities for up to 80 guests in the main dining room, 24 in the bar room including 12 at the bar and 58 at our umbrellaed outside patio. Reach GM Katie Syracopoulos at (216) 230-8022.
Gift cards to Michael’s Genuine are always a welcome present. Give someone the gift of good taste.