It can be difficult to sample Italian cuisine in its natural environment because of the high cost of airfare and the presence of vigilante gelato slingers. Enjoy a more convenient Old World feast with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Italian cuisine and drinks at Angelina Italian Bistro.
The chefs at Angelina’s Italian Bistro quell international cravings with a menu forged from house-made and handcrafted pastas, as well as organic meats, free-range poultry, and fresh seafood. Antipasti plates awaken appetites like an Oompa Loompa playing reveille with such delectable shareables as the smoked and cured salmon, trout, and white anchovy of the pesce dish ($9–$12.50). Rice hobnobs with a medley of exotic mushrooms, parmesan cheese, and sautéed leeks in the wild-mushroom risotto ($17), and billowy ravioli rafts sail braised pork across a sea of marzetti sauce lined with broccolini trees and cremini mushrooms ($18.50). Mouths save themselves from salivary embarrassment with flood-blocking bites of tender Sicilian brick chicken, seasoned in basil oil and resting beside a volcanic mound of parmesan mashed potatoes ($18). Endnotes such as the mascarpone cheesecake sing a sweet lullaby before sending diners off to enter talks with striking sugar-plum fairies ($7.50).
Floor-to-ceiling windows admit cascades of natural light and charm diners with an elegant view of Grand Circus Park, the Detroit Opera House, and Comerica Park. A full bar pleases sommeliers with myriad international wines, and beer buffs can revel in drafts from Motor City Brewing Works and other local breweries.
1565 Broadway St.
Detroit, Michigan 48226