Eating a hearty steak is a more kingly act than wearing a crown or banishing the dog to a small island in the South Atlantic. Get the royal treatment with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of Italian steak, chops, and seafood at Lelli's in Auburn Hills.
Chefs at Lelli's plate up classic Italian dishes, served in the six-course, European–style sequence, with signature sauces and seasonings refined in 1939. Erudite waiters recommend cooked-to-order entrees such as the filet mignon ($39.99) and the veal cutlet parmigiana ($35.99) to follow an antipasto, soup, salad, pasta course, and series of tricky riddles. Made in-house, the tagliatella pasta tosses egg noodles with dashes of peas and slices of prosciutto ($27.75), and the english dover sole comes accented with almonds ($36.95). A list of steaks ranges from the sliced tenderloin with mushrooms ($40.99) to the chateaubriand ($47.99/person), a large-enough-to-split tenderloin originally enjoyed by Napoleon to distract company from his unusually rapid eating.
Following the entree, relax with a dessert in Lelli's stately dining room, flecked with starched white tablecloths and plush red chairs. The dimmed crystal chandeliers flicker in accentuating candlelight, inspiring diners to lean over and whisper love poems or tales about a man with hooks for arms.
Tracing its lineage back to 1939, Lelli’s remains in the hands of its original founders, the Lelli family, and continues its culinary tradition of rich, Northern Italian steak-house fare. Skilled chefs and servers prepare and present à la carte dishes such as juicy filet mignon, fresh seafood, and house-made egg pastas draped with rich tomato and cream-based sauces, or bookend European-style six-course meals with antipasto and palate-cleansing spumoni. The dimly lit dining room plays host to private events, corporate dinners, and family meals, and frames feasts with light that glints from candles and crystal chandeliers, reflecting off of cherry-wood furnishings and roosting in the folds of alabaster tablecloths.