About

WHY CMP

A menu’s main job is marketing. It highlights items that are popular, easy to create, and/or provide the most profit contribution. It exists to persuade customers to choose those items.

Why Choose Cleveland Menu?

A menu is more than just a list of available dishes printed on a piece of paper – it’s the most important part of hospitality.

Your experience, passion and knowledge go into creating the items on the menu. Our expertise is creating a menu that becomes your hardest working sales tool; a menu that builds your brand, delivers a great customer experience, and drives revenue.

A menu that works. That is our craft.
We call it menucraft. And we’ve perfected it.

Your customers probably spend more time with your menu than with your servers. You put a lot of time and effort to train your servers so that they correctly communicate your menu, provide exceptional service and fulfill your brand expectations, right? Your menu deserves as much (if not more) of an investment.

Cleveland Menu has been serving the hospitality industry since 1930, specializing in the design and production of high quality printed, leather, metal, and wood menu covers. In-house production allows us to manufacture your custom menu covers to any size or shape you need.

Cleveland Menu can craft:

  • Formal and Casual Dining Menus
  • Drink Menus
  • Dessert Menus
  • Check Presenters
  • Table Tents
  • Door Hangers
  • …and anything else to help your customers make a choice

Cleveland Menu is in the business of crafting menus that make your business successful. It’s what we do all day, everyday. We have perfected creating menus that work and gained other valuable skills along the way that can help your business thrive. Whenever you need these additional services, we’re here for you!

  • Graphic design
  • Typesetting
  • 6-color offset printing
  • Digital printing
  • UV printing
  • UV silk screening
  • Single color inserts
  • Multi color inserts
  • Offset lithography
  • Lamination
  • Spiral binding
  • Foil stamping, embossing and debossing
  • Die-cutting

Cleveland Menu serves a variety of markets but the goal is the same: we craft menus that work and that help your business thrive.

We are experts in the design and production of high quality menus for:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Country clubs
  • Cruise lines
  • Retirement communities

We treat every project with the same attention to detail because this is our craft.

Cleveland Menu is menucraft perfected.

OUR STORY

Julius believed that a business will succeed if you work ethically and take care of your people and your customers.

From a Small Acorn
Grew a Tall and Healthy Tree

Julius Ramella grew up in an orphanage in the early 1900s. He started working for a small menu company as a printer when he was 18 years old and eventually bought the printing division of the company, founding Cleveland Menu Printing, Inc. in 1930.

Today, Cleveland Menu is a 3rd-generation family business that still adheres to Julius’ work ethic and beliefs.

Don’t confuse “family business” with “old and slow.” Cleveland Menu has remained the leader in the menu industry by constantly evolving and adapting to changing trends, technology and customer needs. With more than 50 menu specialists located in our state-of-the-art facility, we create, print and manufacture menus under one roof – not a single task is outsourced.

When we say we do the work, we mean it!

OUR PEOPLE

Gerry Ramella

Tom Ramella

Jim Ramella

Patrick Ramella

Kip Ramella

TJ Ramella

Kevin Holowenko

Greg Knowlton

Barry Malecki

Colleen Malecki

Mike Anderson

Mike Wooten

Brent Wilhelmy

Scott Trunko

Mary Abrams

Collin Harrington

Suzette Stanitz

Jean Lindway

Tina Merico

Tracy Krofcheck

Kassandra Phillips

Anna Montanez

Sarah Taylor

Margaux Williamson

Jayne Englehart

Pam Milne

Brett Billman

Matt O’Donnell

Keith Dunmire

Megan O’Connell

Matt Benkner

Healey Pembridge

Leslie Kozminski

Joe Ciccia

Hailey Halterman

A BRIEF TIMELINE OF THE MENU

960–1279

Origins

The first usage of menus as a list of prepared foods during China’s Song Dynasty.

1834

Coming to America

Delmonico’s in New York becomes the first restaurant in the U.S. to hand out printed menus

1930s

Foundations

1930: Julius Ramella founds Cleveland Menu Printing


Restaurant trade publications assert that the menu is an important part of dining-business strategy

1940s

Getting to Work

During WWII, restaurants use their menu covers to show their patriotism, using images of star-spangled banners, bald eagles, and VS for Victory


Cleveland Menu Printing provides daily menu covers to over 200 restaurants in Cleveland

1960s

Evolution

The Apollo space program’s menu consisted of pineapple fruitcake, brownies and cereal

1980s

Technology

Cleveland Menu Printing expands to the Midwest thanks to faxing and express parcel delivery

1990s

Here We Grow

With the advent of email and the ability to communicate with clients across the U.S., Cleveland Menu Printing grows dramatically, especially in Florida, Texas, and Las Vegas

1998

The Next Level

MenuMaker 2020, the original online menu management system, is introduced by Cleveland Menu Printing

2017

Onward and Upward

Cleveland Menu Printing updates its name to Cleveland Menu to accurately reflect that it can create, design, print and manufacture any type of menu product

NEED A QUOTE?

Your Menu, Our Craft. Perfected. Tell us more about your menu needs. Chances are good that after hearing about your project we can help you.