Italian Restaurants in Detroit

Up to 50% Off Prix Fixe Italian Dinner at Buon Giorno Bistro

Buon Giorno Bistro

Walkerville

C$64 C$32

Prix fixe dinners include veal or chicken parmigiana, gnocci, vegetable of the day, potatoes, house salad with bread, and Italian dessert

Up to 52% Off at La Guardia

La Guardia

City Centre

$30 $15

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Traditional Italian cuisine including 15 veal dishes served in a softly lit restaurant with live music on the weekends

Enzo's Trattoria – Up to 50% Off Italian Cuisine

Enzo's Trattoria

Walkerville

C$30 C$15

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Authentic, made-to-order Italian dishes served alongside imported & domestic wines

Up to 42% Off Italian Dinner at Da Luciano Trattoria

Da Luciano Trattoria

Walkerville

C$78 C$45

Salads and specialty-pizza appetizers precede penne in a blush sauce and entrees of chicken parmigiana

Up to 50% Off at Extreme Pizza

Extreme Pizza

Multiple Locations

$25 $13

Salad or chicken wings accompany creatively topped pizzas, such as the Holy Cow with four types of cheese, roasted walnuts, and fresh sage

Up to 44% Off at Vito’s Italian Restaurant and Bar

Vito’s Italian Restaurant and Bar

Lincoln Park

$21.60 $12

Lace cheesy pizzas with toppings like italian sausage, onions, olives, and anchovies; supplement your pie with an order of gooey Goofy Bread

Up to 51% Off at Sopranos Pizzeria

Sopranos Pizzeria

Warren

$16 $8

Regular, deep-dish, and gluten-free pizza crusts topped with fresh meats and veggies

Up to 25% Off at Detroit Style Pizza Company

Detroit Style Pizza Company

Multiple Locations

$22 $16.50

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An internationally recognized pizza chef uses seasoned steel pans to bake deep-dish pies that can be customized with up to three toppings

40% Off Pizza and Other Menu Items at Shield's Pizza

Shield's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$30 $18

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Award-winning deep-dish pizzas made with fresh dough and toppings according to the same recipe for more than 70 years

Up to 50% Off American Food at G Willies Bar & Grill

G Willies Bar & Grill

Saint Clair Shores

$33.98 $17

Deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas, soups made from scratch in-house, signature sandwiches, and classic American appetizers

Up to 46% Off Italian Dinner at Fratello's

Fratello's

Trenton

$72 $39

Pair a glass of house wine with lasagna, chicken piccata, or another Italian classic

40% Off Italian Food at Toarmina's Pizza

Toarmina's

Westland

$20 $12

Specialty 24 in. round or deep-dish pizzas, plus pizzas with flavored crusts, oven-baked subs, and fresh salads

Up to 51% Off at La Bistecca Italian Grille

La Bistecca Italian Grille

Plymouth

$96 $58.75

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Piedmontese beef tips, roasted portobello caps with goat cheese, italian truffle mac 'n' cheese, and other Northern Italy–styled dishes

Up to 44% Off Italian-American Food at The Courthouse Grille

The Courthouse Grille

Plymouth

$40 $25

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Italian dishes with American influence served in classic clapboard "courthouse" with façade fronted by porches & white columns

Up to 53% Off Italian-American Food at Station 885

Station 885

Plymouth

$40 $20

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Classic entrees such as stone-fired pizzas, apple-glazed pork chops, and Great Lakes whitefish in a former Chesapeake freight house

Up to 52% Off Dinner from Papa John's Pizza

Papa John's Pizza

Clinton Township

$41.49 $20

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

Papa John's — 49% Off Pizza

Papa John's

Northpoint Plaza

$21.49 $11

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes, paired with an order of breadsticks and soda

Papa John's — $18 for Pizza Dinner

Papa John's

Farmington

$35.47 $18

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from California-grown tomatoes

$10 for New York–Style Pizza at The Bronx Deli

The Bronx Deli

Farmington

$20 $10

New York–style pizza baked in a brick oven with toppings such as bacon, sauerkraut, mushrooms, peppers, artichokes, and salami

Up to 45% Off Pizza and Sides at Louie's Pizza

Louie's Pizza

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Crowd-pleasing dishes such as boneless buffalo wings, meatball subs, and pizzas topped with sausage, pepperoni, and veggies

Papa John's – Up to 49% Off

Papa John's

Macomb

$21.49 $11

Hand-tossed pizzas slathered with sauce made from vine-ripened, California-grown tomatoes

40% Off Gourmet Pizza at Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

Novi

$20 $12

Fired by coal to infuse pizzas with a rich, unique flavor, the oven reaches a temperature of 1,000 degrees to cook pies quickly

Bellacino's – Up to 50% Off Italian Food

Bellacino's

Chesterfield

$10 $5

Specialty pizzas that combine ham, pepperoni, sausage, and veggies highlight a menu of grinders and Italian eats

Up to 46% Off at Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza

Ann Arbor

$20 $12

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Gourmet pizzas, baked sandwiches, and other specialties emerge piping hot from a 1,000-degree anthracite coal oven

Up to 52% Off Pizza and Beer at Vics

Vics

Flint

$20.50 $10

Build-your-own pizzas and beers fill out the menu at this laid back tavern and eatery

34% Off Italian Food at Mancino's Pizza and Grinders

Mancino's Pizza and Grinders

Springfield

$14 $9.25

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Specialty pies such as the bacon-cheeseburger pizza and seafood pizza with crab, shrimp, and garlic butter; meaty grinders and loaded salads

$10 for Upscale Bistro Cuisine at Vintage House Café

Vintage House Cafe

Avon

$20 $10

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Culinary Institute–trained chef plates pork tenderloin, chicken saltimbocca with confetti orzo, and eggplant with mozzarella and pesto

45% Off Italian and American Food and Drinks at Guerrazzi's

Guerrazzi's

DeWitt

$20 $11

Natural light pours through dining room’s atrium as guests feast on housemade pizzas, pastas, and sauces

Up to Half Off Italian Cuisine at Tony M’s

Tony M's

Delta

$20 $11

Housemade Italian dishes such as fettuccine, spaghetti, and manicotti slathered in the Migaldi family’s secret-recipe sauce

Up to 48% Off at Nirvana Pizza

Nirvana Pizza

Bay Village

$21 $11

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Pizza by the slice with a soda or traditional cheese pies

Half Off Italian Food at Frankie’s Italian Cuisine

Frankie's Italian Cuisine

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Saucy nests of pasta and chicken pair with meaty sandwiches or 1 of 15 specialty pizzas for dine-in or takeout

Select Local Merchants

Roma Café started out as a one-woman operation way back in 1888. The Marazza family ran a boarding house for Eastern Market farmers, and Mrs. Marazza would always serve a hot meal to anyone who stayed. Word of her cooking skills spread quickly throughout the Eastern Market area, and her various fans convinced her to open an official restaurant. In February of 1890, Roma Café was born.

Its continuing commitment to classic recipes is apparent from one glance at the menu, where housemade pastas share space with veal scaloppine and broiled lobster tails. Adventurous eaters will be drawn to dishes such as the sauteed sweetbreads and frog legs, and wine enthusiasts can browse an extensive list of reds, whites, and specials.

Although the baked lasagna and chicken parmigiana are certainly Old World staples, Roma Café hasn't become mired in tradition. Its third-generation owner, Janet Sossi Belcoure, takes regular trips to Italy that keep her up-to-date on culinary trends and the latest gossip on who's dating Michelangelo's David. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet on Monday nights, complete with appetizers, pasta dishes, and cannoli. If you stop by on the night of a Red Wings game, there's even a shuttle that will take you to the arena.

3401 Riopelle St
Detroit,
MI
US

Steeped in tradition, Mario’s Restaurant has served up old-school Italian cuisine since 1948, when it opened as a casual but luxurious supper club. The crystal chandeliers cast warm light on tables covered in white linens, which attentive servers top with a vegetable and relish tray the moment diners are seated. As chefs prepare house specialties tableside, the dining room fills with the rich aromas of buttery broiled lobster tails, veal piccante, and fresh pasta sauce. Guests can also take a whirl on the dance floor during ballroom-dancing sessions on weekends.

4222 2nd Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

In the restaurant which tied for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009 by HOUR Detroit, head chef and owner Norberto Garita blends his Mexican heritage with experience in Italian kitchens to craft El Barzon's menus of Italian and Mexican dishes. Diners can embark on the culinary excursion with the zuppa di vongole brimming with clams and shrimp swimming in tomato broth ($12) and the chilies rellenos packed with beef or cheese and drizzled with homemade tomato sauce ($7). Ham and cheese snuggle like a knight and his chain-mail blanket inside a lightly breaded chicken breast in the pollo El Barzon ($16), and Mediterranean-imported sea bass rests under a layer of fresh herbs and garlic ($25). Guests can also sample classic international dishes such as homemade italian pastas ($12+) and mexican tortas ($5+).

3710 Junction St
Detroit,
MI
US

La Dolce Vita: A User's Guide

Innovative Italian Food | Award-Winning Patio | Buzz-Worthy Brunch
Sample Menu
  • Appetizer: chèvre eggplant served with tomato-basil sauce and goat cheese; touted as "perfect" by Hour Detroit
  • Main course: sautéed veal scalloppine with grilled artichoke, kalamata olives, capers, and a veal demi-glace
Where to Sit The patio. Seriously. It's legendary. It wins awards year after year, and consistently lands on "best of" lists across the city, including one in the Detroit Free Press. If you can’t snag a spot on the patio—or if it's winter—the indoor dining room holds its own thanks to rustic details such as brick arches, black-and-white photographs, and warm lighting.

Why it Earns the Buzz: La Dolce Vita's lauded patio sits behind a large wrought-iron gate covered in vines, obscuring it enough that it probably goes unnoticed by drivers passing by on Woodward Avenue. On the other side of that gate sits ornamental street lamps, tree trunks wrapped in lights, and a fountain surrounded by flowers and plants. A tiki bar punctuates the whole scene, effectively transporting diners to an exotic terrace, or, as Detroit Free Press put, "a secret garden" all to themselves.

Inside Tip: La Dolce Vita isn't all about lunch and dinner: The restaurant's brunch has also received its fair share of recognition. In fact, in 2012, CW 50 named it one of the Best Champagne Brunch Spots in Detroit.

Vocab Lesson
Chèvre: literally “goat” in French; another term for goat cheese.
Piccata: a dish prepared by coating and sautéing thin slices of meat—usually veal or chicken—and serving them in lemon-butter sauce.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Take your own architecture tour. Palmer Park is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Detroit, and it was even placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The area touts some of the most diverse styles of architecture in the entire state, including Tudor, art deco, Spanish, and modernist.
After: Cap off your evening with a refreshing lager at the Dakota Inn Rathskeller (17324 John. R. Street), a charming restaurant devoted to German food, spirits, and music.

17546 Woodward Ave
Detroit,
MI
US

Cooks at Amicci's Pizza's two locations crown giant 24-inch pies with italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto before delivery drivers chauffeur orders straight to homes and dorm rooms. The cooks begin with a flavored crust, such as garlic butter, sesame seed, Cajun, or mantel, then top the pizza with a custom blend of fresh veggies, meats, and cheeses. Specialty combinations include the pesto delight topped with mozzarella, mushroom, and tomato and the chicken thai pie with sweet 'n' spicy ginger sauce, red peppers, and mushrooms. The cooks also pile oven-baked 14-inch subs with steak and au jus or italian meatballs covered with pasta sauce.

3849 W Vernor Hwy
Detroit,
MI
US

The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.

18474 Livernois Ave
Detroit,
MI
US