Al dente pasta is like a good handshake: warm, firm, and held together with tomato sauce. Shake hands with culinary satisfaction with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare and wine at Roma Cafe in Detroit. Roma Cafe first opened its heavy wooden doors in 1890, and it continues to delight Detroit diners with a menu full of fresh ingredients sourced from the Eastern Market. Keep your mouth’s sensory residents content with one of the café’s savory sea treats, broiled steaks, or primo pastas, such as the homemade paglia and fieno, a mélange of green and white shoestring noodles dotted with prosciutto and peas ($15.25). More than 80 wine selections complement the Old World eats. Roma Cafe offers a shuttle service to most sports and entertainment venues, including Joe Louis Arena and the Joe Schmo Anonymity Coliseum.
Roma Café started out as a one-woman operation way back in 1888. The Marazza family ran a boarding house for Eastern Market farmers, and Mrs. Marazza would always serve a hot meal to anyone who stayed. Word of her cooking skills spread quickly throughout the Eastern Market area, and her various fans convinced her to open an official restaurant. In February of 1890, Roma Café was born.
Its continuing commitment to classic recipes is apparent from one glance at the menu, where housemade pastas share space with veal scaloppine and broiled lobster tails. Adventurous eaters will be drawn to dishes such as the sauteed sweetbreads and frog legs, and wine enthusiasts can browse an extensive list of reds, whites, and specials.
Although the baked lasagna and chicken parmigiana are certainly Old World staples, Roma Café hasn't become mired in tradition. Its third-generation owner, Janet Sossi Belcoure, takes regular trips to Italy that keep her up-to-date on culinary trends and the latest gossip on who's dating Michelangelo's David. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet on Monday nights, complete with appetizers, pasta dishes, and cannoli. If you stop by on the night of a Red Wings game, there's even a shuttle that will take you to the arena.
3401 Riopelle St.
Detroit, Michigan 48207Get Directions