Best Italian Food In Detroit

January 17, 2012 10:00 AM

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If you’re looking for some truly authentic Italian food, then restaurants like Roma Cafe, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, La Dolce Vita, and a few others have the best to offer.

Roma Cafe

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Roma Cafe

3401 Riopelle Street
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 831-5940‎

Located in the Eastern Market section of Detroit, the RC is Detroit’s oldest restaurant, having opened in 1890. They’ve been doing great Italian food for 12 decades including homemade noodles and over 80 wines to choose from. The decor will make you feel like you’re in your Uncle Frank’s basement.

Mario’s Italian Restaurant

4222 2nd Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-1616‎

OK, if you’re looking for a seal of approval, is Sinatra and Dean Martin good enough for you? They’ve been around since 1948 and they’re a great place to go before or after the theater. Table-side cooking, valet parking and ballroom dancing on the weekends…whatayookiddinme?!?!

La Dolce Vita

322 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 669-9977

The Sweet Life, indeed! “Detroit’s Best Kept Secret” is a true gem plopped into the middle of an unlikely landscape at McNichols and Woodward. The outdoor patio alone is one of Metro Detroit’s best if not THE best…If you go only for the table-side Caesar Salad, some bread and a bottle of wine, you’ve lived a better life than most.

Cafe Cortina

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Cafe Cortina

30715 W 10 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
(248) 474-3033‎

Located in Farmington Hills and specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, Cafe Cortina does it all. From catering to dining in to an online market. Superb Italian food and make sure you check out the garden. One visit and you’ll rush home to plan your next trip to Italy.

Bacco Ristorante


Bacco Ristorante

29410 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 356-6600‎

In Southfield on Northwestern Highway, BR has been tempting palates since 2002. The menu is Prix Fixe and Tasting Menus are available. The menu is Fine Dining and the dress code is business casual. So, be prepared with reservations and pressed slacks. Worth dressing up for.

Honorable Mention

709 Townsend Street
Midland, MI 48640
(989) 832-5302

Almost anything in Little Italy on Erie Street in Windsor. If you don’t speak the language, you soon will.

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