Against vibrant red walls, a large mural paints a scene of two young lovers embracing beneath the glow of stars and streetlights on an Italian boulevard. It's an ideal evocation of Rossini Cucina Italiana's private dining nooks, where couples can retreat to enjoy an authentic Italian meal bathed in soft, romantic light from a wall-hung lantern. Of course, guests can also reserve a table in the brightly lit dining area, grab a seat on the outdoor patio, or initiate a massage train with all of the other patrons to experience a more communal vibe. As patrons relax in the elegant eatery, chef Tony whips up traditional handmade pastas, hand-cuts tender beef fillets, and drapes seafood entrees in subtle wine sauces. He also offers the Feed Me Tony option, where he'll personally customize feasts from start to finish and pair the appropriate wines to each course.
Mazzio's Italian Eatery's staff rolls out a buffet for lunch and dinner populated with tasty Italian cuisine that they also serve à la carte. The restaurant's staff has been perfecting its culinary modus operandi for more than 50 years, long enough to evolve the pizza selection to include three levels of thickness. Chefs bake standard, deep-dish, and thin crusts—available in gluten-free form—and load each with toppings such as caramelized onions and giant pepperoni. The kitchen makes pasta plates to order, some baked in the oven, such as lasagna, and some tossed in sauce, such as the mainstay spaghetti and meatballs. The signature calzone radiates the ambrosial scent of pizza dough stuffed with meat and cheese, and it's meant to be shared, unlike a pogo stick.
Flavors and recipes from all corners of India are represented on the menu at Ruchi India. South Indian–inspired starters such as the egg dosa, a kind of crepe, are served alongside coconut chutney and sambar. The Beyond Himalayas menu features dishes with Indo-Chinese influences, including chili paneer and fried rice. You can also try the seekh kebab, which features lamb baked in a clay tandoori oven, or the spicy chicken vindaloo. Each entree is served on a hefty dish decorated with elaborate curlicues and flowers.
At Sloppy Joe's, sandwich specialist Eddie Deuschle doles out a hearty menu of homemade comfort fare, including barbecue, po boys, and the eatery's eponymous bun-based creation, served through a convenient drive-thru window. Derived from an old family recipe, the sloppy joe ($2.99) vies for finger-staining superiority with a hickory-smoked pulled-pork sandwich ($3.99) slathered with barbecue sauce and coleslaw served on a jumbo bun. Ham, pork, swiss cheese, and pickles get cozy in the cuban panini ($4.49), and roast beef luxuriates in gravy on the new orleans po boy ($4.99). Breadless options include Joe's apple-pecan salad ($3.99/half, $6.99/whole) topped with grilled chicken, fruit, nuts, and feta. Committed to speedy service, Sloppy Joe's lets patrons call in orders in advance and only employs staff members who can summarize the entire menu in a terse haiku.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles, that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.