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1. Bacco Ristorante29410 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield
2. Due Venti220 S Main St, Clawson
3. Bigalora711 S Main St, Royal Oak
4. Cucina Medoro768 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham
5. Selden Standard3921 Second Ave, Detroit
6. Roman Village Cucina Italiana9924 Dix, Dearborn
7. Trattoria Da Luigi415 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak
8. Ottava Via1400 Michigan Ave, Detroit
9. Giovanni's Ristorante330 S Oakwood, Detroit
10. Café Cortina10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
11. Angelina Italian Bistro1565 Broadway St, Detroit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.