Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Great Lakes >
Oct 30, 2010 07:37 AM

Italian in Southfield or Farmington for dinner tonight???

Hi Chows,
Would love any ideas for moderately-priced Italian in these two areas, for dinner TONIGHT! Thanks!


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. My favorite for delish, moderate priced Italian is Alfocinno in Farmington Hills. Grand River and Haggerty. Favorite dish is veal picatta. And their meat sauce is excellent! I also like their ravioli. I'm sure everything is good. I just happen to get the same thing everytime I go. Have a good night!

    5 Replies
    1. re: Rheta

      Thank you Rheta! Do they have plenty of choices for vegetarians? (not vegan, just vegetarian)

      1. re: IndyGirl

        I would say they have quite a few vegy choices. I know they have cheese filled ravioli and tortellini with marinara sauce. And there's spaghetti with marinara. They also have a manicotti without any meat. I don't know if you eat seafood or not, but they have several seafood choices as well. I also love their salad and bread! It's not a fancy place but comfortable. If you want I think you can find their menu online. Enjoy!

      2. re: Rheta

        Antonio's has a location in Farmington Hills on 12 Mile. They serve very solid food, and keep the prices quite affordable.
        Note - Rheta has been to Alfocinno more recently than I have been to Antonio's, so her's may be a more reliable bet.

        1. re: vtombrown

          i like antonio's better than alfocinno

      3. It's probably a bit higher end, but Sposita's is nice.

        1. Hey IndyGirl, where did you end up going? How was it?

          1. I apologize for not seeing this sooner and not being able to offer up a suggestion yesterday, but when it comes to Italian in Southfield, Bacco is the only place I'd pick... Before anyone jumps on me for it being too expensive, you can have an affordable meal if you stick to the pastas and don't go crazy with or skip the wine altogether :-)

            At $16, their Strozzapreti Norcina is, in my mind, one of the best deals in Michigan.

            1. Hi everyone! thanks for your suggestions. I ended up going to Tirami Su in Northville for other reasons. I am excited to try these various places, though, and thank you all for the information!

              6 Replies
              1. re: IndyGirl

                Better late than never ;-)
                Keep in touch with the board, for your next outing. Cheers.
                PS--I'm still planning to hit Sushi Little Tokyo in Rochester, based on your rec. Just haven't made it up there yet.

                1. re: vtombrown

                  Great! It's a great restaurant, and they need our support/publicity since they really aren't visible from either Tienken or Rochester Road.

                    1. re: IndyGirl

                      I must agree with IG about Little Tokyo Sushi, or whatever its actual name is. According to my receipt, its proper name is "Sakura Japanese Restaur(ant)". The actual full name can't fit on the receipt, but you get the basic idea.

                      Anyway, I went here tonight for dinner, and I was quite happy. Honestly, the worst thing about the night was that, for much of the time I was there, I was the only customer in the's a bit strange, that aspect of it. That said, it's a nice place, with pleasant servers who are eager to help you understand the menu, and to serve you efficiently. I actually ended up spending a bit more than I had planned to tonight, since I ordered one of the priciest things on the menu: the salmon teriyaki bento box dinner, which clocks in at around $19. It includes quite a bit, actually: the aforementioned salmon teriyaki, tempura vegetables, some Japanese dumpling things that I can't remember the name of right now, three different kinds of sashimi, miso soup, and salad. It's a fair amount of food, and good stuff.

                      The miso soup comes first, along with the salad. The soup is what I've come to expect from miso soup, although a bit more robust than Noble Fish's version, due to it having more "stuff" in the soup. The broth's exactly the same at both places.

                      The salad was quite nice. It's simply different greens with that oh-so-wonderful Japanese orange-colored, gingery dressing that I really like. I can't honestly say that theirs is better than someone else's, but theirs is certainly no slouch.

                      I got the bento box because it allowed me to try so many different things they offered. The salmon teriyaki was good, as were the stir-fried veggies (mushrooms, onions, zucchini, maybe something else) beneath it. The nine total pieces of sashimi were of nice quality, though I'd have preferred an unagi roll instead.

                      The tempura veggies included something *very* nice and unexpected: tempura shrimp! Two of 'em, and they were excellent, as were the rest of the tempura veggies (broccoli, squash, a type of potato I can't recall now). Last, but not least, were the dumplings, and I really like those, whatever they're called. Not tempura, mind you...still delicious. Could have gone for twice as many.

                      Oh! That's right: a serving of rice also came with it, as well as some sauce for dipping the tempura in. IG's right: the tempura isn't the least bit greasy.

                      In all, I was happy with everything...*except* the horrible, lousy, *tapered* chopsticks, which drove me nuts. Other than that, everything was of high quality, nicely presented, and somewhat surprisingly, of sufficient quantity. I left quite satisfied, but not waddling out or anything.

                      It's nice to know this place is in the same plaza as my gym.

                      Noble Fish
                      45 E 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017

                      1. re: boagman

                        I'm so glad someone else tried this place! I really like it a lot (even though this post seems to be in response to a different thread that I started). Every time I have been there (I think because we have been loyal and bring friends with us a lot) they send over a complementary amuse bouche--a bit of fried whitefish or plate of extra-fancy sushi. They are extraordinarily happy to have people in there, which is why I really want to support them.

                        I agree the chopsticks have to go. :)

                        1. re: IndyGirl

                          You guys are driving me crazy. I'm going to this Rochester place in the next couple days, for sure.
                          PS-- JP, I'm gathering that IndyGirl's review of Tiramisu was loudly spoken, in her silence....