Food & Drink

The 11 Best Italian Restaurants in Detroit

Published On 07/21/2015 Published On 07/21/2015
Bacco Ristorante
Due Venti
Cucina Medoro
Selden Standard
Roman Village Cucina Italiana
Trattoria Da Luigi
Ottoca Via
Café Cortina
Angelina Italian Bistro - Detroit
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1. Bacco Ristorante 29410 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034

This is the flagship restaurant of Luciano del Signore, the Godfather of Detroit food. It is one of the only modern-style Italian restaurants in the metro area and is known for fresh ingredients and simple yet stunning presentation. The menu is constantly changing, so you can be eating Branzino imported from the Mediterranean on one visit and pasta from Abruzzo, Italy on another.

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2. Due Venti 220 S Main St, Clawson, MI 48017

This family owned and operated restaurant serves contemporary Italian while remaining true to Old World tradition. The constantly rotating menu focuses on Northern Italian cuisine and it's nearly impossible to be disappointed by a dish here. Save room for dessert! Co-owner and chef Nicole Seals makes the kind of caramel-fennel-sea salt gelato that dreams are made of.

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3. Bigalora 711 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

At Bigalora restaurant, you can make-your-own meat and cheese plates, pasta, and order from a huge list of wood-fired pizzas. This spot also serves New England style pies, specifically New Haven, where clams are a regular topping. We suggest the Manila clam pizza at Bigalora, topped with pancetta, mozzarella, spicy chile, and parsley.

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4. Cucina Medoro 768 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

This charming little cafe and catering venue is a hidden gem in Old Woodward that serves only breakfast and lunch. This food is so seriously homemade that you'll feel like you're in your Italian grandmother's kitchen.

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5. Selden Standard 3921 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Made moody and proper with charcoal black tables and seats, and a white-tiled full-service bar that intimidates with its wide liquor selection, Selden Standard marries the upscale with fresh, rustic fare usually seen in more whimsical settings. The menu is brought to you with the help of partnerships with michigan farms, and features simply dressed courses like charred octopus, chicken and ricotta campanelle, and half grilled chicken.

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6. Roman Village Cucina Italiana 9924 Dix, Dearborn, MI 48120

This sister restaurant to Antonio's has the old-school red sauce concept down pat. Meaty, rich and creamy sauces cover pasta made in-house daily. They've been around for 60 years, and it's no wonder considering that the baskets of homemade garlic bread are reason enough to grab a table.

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7. Trattoria Da Luigi 415 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Trattoria da Luigi serves a roundup of traditional Italian fare, but their speciality is their wood-fired pizza. The place is simple but the food is flavorful and there's a solid list of Italian wines to pair with your meal.

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8. Ottava Via 1400 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

A traditional Italian joint in Corktown that also boasts a backyard with bocce ball, Ottava Via makes tasty Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a brick oven, with traditional flavors like the Margherita or catch-all Italian. We won't stop you from trying a classic, but we suggest the Funghi, which comes with portobello, crimini, shitake, and cipollini mushrooms, and Tartufo cheese.

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9. Giovanni's Ristorante 330 S Oakwood, Detroit, MI 48217

This mom-and-son establishment is famous for their handmade pastas and rustic Italian fare. They bring a farm-to-table element to their old school style and serve food mostly from the San Marino region. Frank Sinatra even stopped in once for a taste of their authentic food.

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10. Café Cortina 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

This Italian escape has all the ambiance one could hope for, from cozy fireplaces in the winter to thriving outdoor gardens that make this spot the perfect wedding venue. Seventy percent of the restaurant's produce, greens and herbs come from the vineyard-like property, and the space has transformed from a well-kept secret into a foodie destination. Café Cortina has received recognition from the likes of the Food Network and Zagat and has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence as well as Hour's Restaurant of the Year.

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11. Angelina Italian Bistro 1565 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Located inside the Madison Building, this Italian restaurant keeps things modern in a sleek urban loft space with exposed brick and floor to ceiling windows overlooking Grand Circus Park and Comerica Park. The wine list is consistently interesting and the spacious bar makes grabbing a drink and antipasti a delicious breeze.