La Dolce Vita: A User's Guide
Innovative Italian Food | Award-Winning Patio | Buzz-Worthy Brunch
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.
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.
You'll be centrally located in Detroit with a stay at MGM Grand Detroit, minutes from Fillmore Detroit and Fox Theatre. This 4.5-star hotel is within close proximity of Cobo Center and Detroit Opera House.
Make yourself at home in one of the 400 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations and minibars. Plasma televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and televisions. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as direct-dial phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers body treatments and facials. After enjoying recreational amenities such as a casino and a nightclub, a lucky night at the casino is the perfect end to the day. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel's dining establishments, which include 5 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at one of the 6 bars/lounges.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Detroit? This hotel has 30,000 square feet (2787 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge, and free valet parking is available onsite.
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