Italian Restaurants in Auburn Hills

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Tracing its lineage back to 1939, Lelli’s remains in the hands of its original founders, the Lelli family, and continues its culinary tradition of rich, Northern Italian steak-house fare. Skilled chefs and servers prepare and present à la carte dishes such as juicy filet mignon, fresh seafood, and house-made egg pastas draped with rich tomato and cream-based sauces, or bookend European-style six-course meals with antipasto and palate-cleansing spumoni. The dimly lit dining room plays host to private events, corporate dinners, and family meals, and frames feasts with light that glints from candles and crystal chandeliers, reflecting off of cherry-wood furnishings and roosting in the folds of alabaster tablecloths.

885 N Opdyke Rd
Auburn Hills,
MI
US

Alfoccino's culinarians merge Old World flavors with a homemade spread of tasty breads and savory sauces to forge an inimitable Italian dining experience within a bright and lavish milieu. Served square or round, the dinner menu’s troika of fresh pizzas includes the Boss’s Special, which imbues taste buds with beef tenderloin and crisp veggies ($16.95 for a small; $25.95 for a large). Unfurl bibs for saucy rendezvous with hearty half slabs of ribs ($15.25), or unbridle galloping appetites in a hunt for the Italian Stallion’s meaty mélange of imported salami, ham, provolone, and signature Italian dressing ($9.50). Escorted by slurp-ready sides of spaghetti and bottomless bowls of salad, the eggplant parmigiana bedecks its lightly breaded frame in decadent strata of house-made tomato sauce and fresh cheeses ($15.95). Midday diners can peruse a similar lunch menu that brims with salads, pastas, and sandwiches while taking a much-needed break from business meetings or executive-level staring contests.

2225 N Opdyke Rd.
Auburn Hills,
MI
US

Valentino’s satisfies pasta pangs with an extensive menu of authentic, homemade Northern Italian dishes. Guests can slide into the dining experience with the spedieni, a layered concoction of bread, mozzarella, and egg paired with lemon, olives and a butter sauce ($6.95) or dive right in with Salmon Antonio’s ensemble of grilled artichoke hearts, garlic, and capers in a succulent lemon white-wine sauce ($18.95). Homemade meat-and-cheese lasagna ($14.95) invites traditional gorging, whereas the linguine alla vongole, an aquatic pasta dish of fresh littleneck clams in a white or red clam sauce ($15.95), sates seafarers. Elegant white tablecloths and chandeliers set the stage for noodle tug-of-wars to decide who gets the last meatball, and sweets such as a cannoli or tartoufo—a dollop of vanilla ice cream surrounded by frozen chocolate mousse—cap off meals.

185 S Broadway St
Lake Orion,
MI
US

G's Pizzeria has always been about family. It started as a mom-and-pop pizzeria founded by the Gealy family's very own mom and pop, Sharon and Arthur. And as G's grew into a franchise, that tradition only strengthened, with new members of the family joining the business. Other traditions remain alive and well here, too, such as the family's breadstick recipe (freshly baked spears topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese) and, of course, the pizzas, all made with a secret dough and sauce recipe. But not everything at G's is strictly traditional; just look further down the menu, where you'll find Mexican-inspired burritos, nachos, and quesadillas.

2775 S Lapeer Rd
Orion,
MI
US