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May 11, 2010 09:21 AM

Which is best for Anniversary Dinner(Italian)? [suburban Detroit]

Spositas's(14 mile and Farmington) or Antonio's(12 mile and Halsted). Thanks!

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  1. Rheta,
    It's kind of difficult to answer, without first knowing whether this is your 31st or 32nd. ;-)
    Hey, Antonio's is a (no complaints) solid standby kind of place, but by no means is a memorably special place, unless you and your hubby create the specialness solely in your own joined hearts.
    I've never been to Sposita's, so I can't compare/contrast.
    And, yes, we do demand a follow-up eating experience report.
    Are these your only two choices??

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    1. re: vtombrown

      No, not my only choices. I think we want Italian and I'm trying to expand my Italian horizons as I'm stuck on Alfocinno. The others we've tried just don't measure up and they've been recommended on here. Giovanni's is probably a good choice. And vtb, I'm flattered that you know it's my 31st or 32nd Anniversary!

      1. re: Rheta

        Yes, Giovanni's is a slightly more Anniversary kind of place. But, I wouldn't say it is a slam dunk advantage over Antonio's for the following reasons:
        ---it's significantly more expensive, particularly when you add in the valet+tip for which you'll opt, and the markups on wine are a bit more...not to mention the menu prices.
        ---it is in the middle of nowhere (I don't mean to offend people, but it's true)
        ---it's bread isn't as good as Antonio's (Boagman will absolutely kill me for that)
        That being said, Giovanni's service is excellent (Kate is so nice to my family), and the the beef braciole (while monolithic) is absolutely delicious. The salad is extremely lightly dressed--I can actually taste greens!, and the homemade pasta is delicate and wonderful.
        In any event, I still consider Giovanni's to be excellent home-style cooking, rather than "gourmet" Italian. I'd suggest making your reservation in the front room, versus the main room. Sorry, but I've not yet tried any of Giovanni's several veal choices, so I can't offer my opinion on those. Again, Congrats!

        1. re: vtombrown

          That beef braciole is what I had my eye on! Looks wonderful. Decisions, decisions! Lets have a vote. Antonios or Giavanni's? Just so you know, we don't need fancy. Just excellent food! Thanks for the info. vtb:)

          1. re: vtombrown

            No seething death necessary, VTB, as I haven't eaten at Antonio's, so I can't say that one is better than the other...only that I really enjoyed the bread at Giovanni's. I think that your first point about the valet/tip is invalid; I didn't feel any need at all to valet my vehicle when I got there, and parked it all on my own just fine, at no cost.

            The service at Giovanni's, in my experience, is exceptional. The pasta is still far and away the best I've ever encountered, and while it's not exactly bargain basement pricing, you do get what you pay for.

            Since we're playing this little game, where, exactly, is Antonio's?

            1. re: boagman

              Antonio's is in Farmington Hills, 12 mile and Halsted. I think I want to go to Giovanni's just for the braciole. And I think there was osso bucco on the menu as well, which is hubby's fave. Though I might be wrong. I would have to look again. That might have been Antonio's menu. Thanks boagman for the tip about the valet.

      2. I suggest Bacco. NW Hwy, between 12 Mile & Inkster.

        1. I've never been there but since it's such an important occasion, why not spring for Giovonnie's in Dearborn?

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          1. re: SonyBob

            Yes, Sony Bob, yes, yes! THE best Italian in the city. Yup, it's an oasis in a manufacturing "Mordor" but you can't ask for a warmer place, fresher handmade pasta, or the kind of service that makes you linger. It's an all - occasion place. Just wonderful.

          2. I would rather suggest a place I've actually been to. Cafe Cortina in Farmington Hills is amazing. If the weather is nice you can even sit outside in the courtyard. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown on site, service is top notch, and the wine list is wonderful. Hope you enjoy wherever you end up!

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            1. re: Quit2Chef

              We went to Cafe Cortina last year and frankly we weren't that impressed. I know this restaurant has a great reputation so I don't know what our problem is. But neither of us really loved the food. The service was good though.

              1. re: Rheta

                I may be unfairly kind to Cafe Cortina because I was absolutely blown a-stinking-way by the dessert that I had there. Wasn't all that taken with the soup I ordered, but I did think that the bread was really good. That grilled-and-spiced pineapple served with housemade ice cream and their rum-reduced caramel sauce was ("annanas grigliatis" might be the name of it), bar none, the very best dessert I've eaten in at least five years, *anywhere*, and that includes my mother's kitchen. I think it was $10 or $11, which I consider to be *very* high when it comes to dessert, but that may be the best money I've spent on food in ages.

                Add in the atmosphere and the great service, and I'm pretty gaga over Cafe Cortina. Haven't had an entree yet, though, so keep that in mind.

            2. If you're in the Farmington hills area.. absolutely Bacco and/or Cafe Cortina should be on the top of your list.

              Troy/Sterling heights: check out Tremonti. Above average food, good decor and atmosphere.

              Ferndale: La Dolce Vita

              Auburn Hills: Lelli's.

              Can't go wrong with any one of those.


              Dolce Vita Restaurant
              17780 Fort St, Wyandotte, MI 48193

              Tremonti Restaurant
              1695 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083