Via Nove specializes in the delectable fare predominantly cooked in southern and central Italy, saving taste receptors thousands in air-travel costs to Rome by bringing scintillating entrees to Michigan. Commence your culinary tour of the Italian motherland with an appetizer, such as tortellini ($7) stuffed with ricotta cheese and asparagus. Freshly made pasta headlines Via Nove's absorbing and moderately absorbent menu. Sample the spaghetti carbonara ($16), interspersed with Italian bacon and egg, or indulge in the petto di pollo Montecarlo ($19), a seared chicken breast sidekicked with sautéed zucchini. Via Nove's wine list is a veritable who's-who's of Type A grape bloods, with such bottles as a 2006 Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio ($39) and a 2002 del Vesuvio Lacrima Christi ($35) available for consumption. Those with special liquor requests can even email the bar manager, who'll attempt to concoct whatever specialty drinks amateur mixologists can conceive.
At Antica Pizzeria Fellini, passionate chefs fashion wood-fired pies, sandwiches, and salads from traditional Italian ingredients and cooking methods, as live musicians fill the aromatic air with the sounds of strings and Latin jazz. Each delicious disk on the pizza menu bubbles with authenticity from being spread with imported italian cheese, sauce, flour, and olive oil and cooked in a traditional Neapolitan wood-fired oven, before finally being cast as an extra in a Scorsese film. Hand-sliced mozzarella cheese covers pizzas with creamy flavor, and the house-made dough kneaded from flour, sea-salt, and yeast instills pies with a mouth-watering simplicity. In addition to gracing dinner tables with the aromas and tastes of freshly baked pizza, Antica Pizzeria Fellini dishes out salads loaded with crisp, wholesome veggies, and traditional central Italian saltimbocca sandwiches.