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.
Tre Monti Ristorante artistically reinvents authentic Italian dishes in a handsome space that embodies both traditional Old World charm and urban chic. Diners can jump-start taste buds with the salmone affumicato, a light dish of pastrami-style Norwegian-smoked-salmon crostini adorned with goat cheese, horseradish, and quail eggs ($12), and keep flavor tides rolling in with the zuppa di funghi selvatici, a friendly blend of wild mushrooms, truffle puree, and sherry cream ($7).
The pizza industry can be a crowded kitchen; it's tough for any particular pie to stand out above the field. But don't tell that to Shield's Pizza. Founded in Detroit in 1937, Shield's quickly gained a following for the pizza that remains its signature item: deep-dish pies, served in square-shaped portions. The restaurant has followed the same recipes and techniques since its inception by making the dough fresh daily, using fresh meat and produce for toppings, and loading up pies with layers of Wisconsin cheese. Mindful of the way appetites have evolved in the last half-century, they also craft hand-tossed, round gluten-free and multi-grain pizzas in addition to its traditional crust.
Shield's menu also extends beyond its pizza perfection. Homemade soup, pasta, burgers, ribs, and sandwiches offer savory alternatives, as well as appetizers such as nachos and buffalo wings. Pours of draft beer help wash down bites or scrub pizza sauce out of your silk ascot.
A pizzeria is generally the last place you might take someone with a gluten allergy. But at Renee's Gourmet Pizzeria, not only do gluten-free folks have options, they have their run of the menu. From meat-stuffed calzones to the prosciutto and goat cheese pizza, everything that comes out of the oven is 100% gluten- and nut-free. This helps prevent any cross-contamination or dish-to-dish peer-pressure, and makes it easy for families to enjoy the same pizza, appetizers, and dessert together.