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Need recommendations for Italian in or around Milford/Novi/Brighton, MI

Hi everyone,

Any recommendations for Italian in these towns? Thanks in advance! We don't want anything too expensive, but "cheap" is not necessary. I'm not having much luck searching for whatever reason.


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  1. Just out of curiosity, I've never been, but is Tirami Su still in Northville?

    1. I really like Alfoccino. Close to Novi in Farmington Hills. Haggerty and Grand River.

      39205 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48335

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      1. re: Rheta

        Not far from that (12 Mile and Halstead) is Antonio's.

        1. re: Rheta

          I second Alfoccino. Rheta and I both recommend the Veal Picatta!

          Alfoccino Restaurant
          2225 N Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

          1. re: SonyBob

            Yes, yum! I really want to try Antonio's soon. My hubby loves osso bucco and I noticed it's on their menu. Antonio's also has veal picatta which is probably what I would order. Last year for our Anniv. we went to the famed Cafe Cortina. I had the veal picatta and it was not near as good as Alfoccino. The sauce had a very bitter flavor. I guess they got some of the pith of the lemon along with the zest. Overall a dissapointing experience considering Cortina's reputation.

            Alfoccino Restaurant
            2225 N Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

        2. No thread mentioning Novi gets by with out a mention of Diamond Jim Brady's



          While not 100% Italian....you may find a few dishes that satisfy.

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          1. re: JanPrimus

            As much as I love DJB, looking at the menu, there's really not much there for someone seeking Italian. Perhaps the Chicken Isabella, but that's about it. I'd still strongly recommend that they go here anyway, but if your heart is truly set on Italian fare, it might be best to look elsewhere.

              1. re: JanPrimus

                So I did, which is odd because it's served as a side with the filet, but it's its own entree as well. And I love them.

          2. I've had several good meals Little Italy in Northville. I just checked ... and their
            website is gone. Their phone rings once, then silence. Perhaps they have
            closed. Anyone?

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            1. re: rainsux

              Little Italy is closed. Someone bought it a while back then there was a fire. It has been about a year since the fire and still closed.

              BEst regards, tony

            2. Has anyone tried Volare in Wixom? Although looking at their menu, they lean toward the expensive end of the scale, IMO.

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              1. re: coney with everything

                i have had lunch there a few times and it is good, but you are right, a bit on the expensive side.

              2. Give Maisanos a try. They're in Novi on Novi Rd, south of I-96


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                1. re: chowchowbrowncow

                  has anyone tried this place? It looks more like our kind of place. (I'm vegetarian, FWIW, so some other places have few options for me.) Thanks for all of the suggestiosn!!

                  1. re: IndyGirl

                    I've tried it. Used to work across the street in the Town Center. I wasn't at all impressed. I thought it was way over priced. The food was nothing special. Both I and my wife were disappointed. It looks promising but, in my opinion, doesn't deliver. I still would vote for Alfocinno's. It's not as quaint and cozy as Maisano's but the food is hands down superior.

                2. Is Plymouth out of the question?

                  1. for my opinion the best around is ciao amici in brighton