DETROIT (WWJ) – Celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck returns to MGM Grand Detroit with the opening of Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, the first of his two new restaurants at the hotel casino.

Puck said it’s great to return to Detroit, especially with a restaurant that has a casual Italian concept, something that’s rarely found in the city.

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“Our Pizzeria & Cucina is the perfect place to relax with family and friends. Great Italian food is all about great ingredients. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just delicious,” Puck said in a statement.

The menu features Puck’s famed wood-oven baked pizzas and pays tribute to Italy through pastas and specialty dishes and is complete with Italian favorites including antipasti, salads, handmade pastas, and enticing entrees featuring delectable meats and fish.

The menu highlights multiple varieties of pizza to choose from including the Margherita Pizza with mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil; Wild Mushroom Pizza with goat cheese, leeks and basil pesto and Italian Sausage Pizza with rapini and roasted garlic.

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Diners can also find house-made pastas and rustic Italian dishes including Penne Carbonara with sautéed English peas and crisp pancetta; Rigatoni with Bolognese meat sauce; Seafood Linguini “Fra Diavolo” with clams, shrimp, calamari and spicy tomato sauce; Chicken Piccata with lemon-caper butter sauce; Grilled Salmon with white beans, artichokes and rosemary butter; and Grilled Ribeye Steak with Tuscan potatoes and salsa verde.

As a perfect finale, Pizzeria & Cucina offers a creative dessert menu featuring classic Italian favorites with a modern twist. Decadent creations include Butterscotch and Bittersweet Chocolate Panna Cotta, Ricotta and Mascarpone Cheesecake with fresh berries and Affogato with hazelnut ice cream drenched with espresso.

The bar features a dynamic beverage list complementing the menu’s Italian flavors including domestic and international beers and a comprehensive section of wines, many imported from Italy. The bar offers an array of perfectly executed specialty cocktails including the Cucina Manhattan made with Bullet Rye, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth and Bitter Truth “Jerry Thomas” Bitters and the Il Professore with Nardini Grappa, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, Luxardo Morlacco Cherry Liqueur and orange juice.

Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina is open for dinner only, from 5 until 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and from 5 until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. To make reservations, call 877-888-2121.

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A second Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Wolfgang Puck Steak, will open at the hotel this December.