Italian Restaurants in Detroit


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  • Roma Cafe
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Roma Café facet_type_id: d4ee2670-5f37-1032-b7ff-27ca37603f6d html_text: |- 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.
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    3401 Riopelle St
    Detroit, MI US
  • El Barzon
    At El Barzon — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Toast your evening out at El Barzon with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at El Barzon just as much as mom and dad. Be sure to check out El Barzon's outdoor seating when the climate is right. Not to be overlooked is El Barzon's no-charge wifi. El Barzon tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. Or, take your grub to-go. The restaurant has catering services as well. Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot. A meal at El Barzon will typically set you back about $30. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    3710 Junction St
    Detroit, MI US
  • Mario's Italian Restaurant
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Mario’s Restaurant facet_type_id: a1c23740-5f38-1032-bb81-21e7d7f251c8 html_text: 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.
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    4222 2nd Ave.
    Detroit, MI US
  • La Dolce Vita
    La Dolce Vita: A User's Guide Innovative Italian Food | Award-Winning Patio | Buzz-Worthy Brunch Sample Menu Appetizer: chèvre eggplant served with tomato-basil sauce and goat cheese; touted as "perfect" by Hour Detroit Main course: sautéed veal scalloppine with grilled artichoke, kalamata olives, capers, and a veal demi-glace Where to Sit The patio. Seriously. It's legendary. It wins awards year after year, and consistently lands on "best of" lists across the city, including one in the Detroit Free Press. If you can’t snag a spot on the patio—or if it's winter—the indoor dining room holds its own thanks to rustic details such as brick arches, black-and-white photographs, and warm lighting. Why it Earns the Buzz: La Dolce Vita's lauded patio sits behind a large wrought-iron gate covered in vines, obscuring it enough that it probably goes unnoticed by drivers passing by on Woodward Avenue. On the other side of that gate sits ornamental street lamps, tree trunks wrapped in lights, and a fountain surrounded by flowers and plants. A tiki bar punctuates the whole scene, effectively transporting diners to an exotic terrace, or, as Detroit Free Press put, "a secret garden" all to themselves. Inside Tip: La Dolce Vita isn't all about lunch and dinner: The restaurant's brunch has also received its fair share of recognition. In fact, in 2012, CW 50 named it one of the Best Champagne Brunch Spots in Detroit. Vocab Lesson Chèvre: literally “goat” in French; another term for goat cheese. Piccata: a dish prepared by coating and sautéing thin slices of meat—usually veal or chicken—and serving them in lemon-butter sauce. While You're in the Neighborhood Before: Take your own architecture tour. Palmer Park is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Detroit, and it was even placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The area touts some of the most diverse styles of architecture in the entire state, including Tudor, art deco, Spanish, and modernist. After: Cap off your evening with a refreshing lager at the Dakota Inn Rathskeller (17324 John. R. Street), a charming restaurant devoted to German food, spirits, and music.
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    17546 Woodward Ave
    Detroit, MI US
  • Andiamo - Riverfront
    Andiamo - Riverfront puts a fresh spin on traditional Italian cuisine. No need to miss out on Andiamo - Riverfront just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Andiamo - Riverfront's menu. Eat out with the little ones at Andiamo - Riverfront, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter. Andiamo - Riverfront's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months. If you're strapped for time, take out food from Andiamo - Riverfront. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Andiamo - Riverfront's tasty dishes at your next party. The restaurant offers convenient parking in the connecting lot, and (optional) valet is also provided. A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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    400 Renaissance Ctr
    Detroit, MI US
  • Antonio's in the Park
    Lovebirds flock to Antonio's in the Park for Italian cuisine. Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here. Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Antonio's in the Park's menu. The patio seating at Antonio's in the Park is perfect for those warm summer days. Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code. Antonio's in the Park is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go. Antonio's in the Park's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street. Antonio's in the Park makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside. Antonio's in the Park's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
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    15117 Kercheval Ave
    Grosse Pointe Park, MI US

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