Chef Jonathon Sawyer and his wife Amelia are the driving force behind Trentina, but many hands have left their mark on this highly anticipated new restaurant in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. For starters, it might not have opened at all without almost $40,000 in crowd-funded donations. As the neighborhood continues its long rebound, it seems there is ample interest in fine dining.
With the help of local designers and artisans, Amelia Sawyer designed the 35-seat restaurant, lending the space formerly home to Sergio’s an “opulent yet relaxed fine dining ambience,” according to a press release. She enlisted local furniture designer Jason Radcliffe of 44 Steel and graphic designer Christine Wisniewski, who looked to traditional Italian signage in crafting the restaurant’s gold script logo.
Mirrored tables and gold walls add glamor to the space, which is in an old house near Case Western Reserve University. Work from local artists adorns the walls, including a chandelier made from iridescent beads strung together by Clevelanders.