Restaurateurs covet old buildings because of their charming ambience, rustic architecture, and dishwashing ghosts. Experience a history-haunted meal with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Pepperoni Grille, in St. Clair Shores.
This family-oriented, neighborhood restaurant deliciously adorns its tables with specialty pizzas and traditional Italian recipes, all inside the historic Britz building. Head-chef Jason Hartland serves up a scrumptious menu highlighted by pizzas such as the classic margherita ($9.99 small, $11.99 large) and the arrabbiata, featuring a meaty portion of italian sausage buttressed by the sweet bite of caramelized onion ($11.99 small, $15.99 large). Grille customers clamor for the calamari enlivened with the tang of cohabiting tomatoes and lemon ($11.99), and Jason’s garlic-and-white-wine sautéed mussels, which are whipped up using his own wine-doused muscles ($10.99). Bellies also fill with Italian comfort food such as the homemade lasagna ($13.99), filet mignon soaking in a bath of mushroom cream sauce ($23.99), and breaded Lake Michigan perch ($14.99). Additionally, Pepperoni Grille clinks ice to glass behind a full bar and serves a variety of wines available per glass ($6–$8) and bottle ($22–$49).
Built in 1920 as a gym for boxers and wrestlers, the Britz-building locale served as a boxing restaurant and wrestling bar until the Grille’s extensive renovations uncovered the building’s striking exterior-limestone plaques. Inside, an open central kitchen looks out, with its red-hot pizza-oven eyes, onto two dining rooms furnished with deep-red booths and rich wood tables.
- Pepperoni Grille is your typical neighborhood bistro. Its [sic] where everybody knows your name and you know will have a great meal. – Alica Evola, Urbanspoon
- The food, the atmosphere, the staff and owners all contribute to making this restaurant an excellant [sic] family dining experience! – littlegordo1, CityVoter