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Silver Spoon (Italian) in Rochester Hills, MI [DTW]

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Hi Sir Boagman. Rather than post onto your eulogy for Peng Lai (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7881...), ), I'll start a new topic for the people who took over P.L.'s space-- Silver Spoon (NW corner of Rochester and Tienken).

I’m getting lazy these days, about doing my share of the reports. Forgive me for just posting a quick set of impressions regarding Silver Spoon—

Worthwhile addition to Rochester area. This place will bruise the evil empire of (the overrated) Andiamo’s, so that’s a good thing.

Silver Spoon is located in an upscale suburban strip mall under a 2nd floor gym, so if you like to view young 20-something guys with rich fathers/grandfathers exiting past your restaurant window, smugly “high five-ing” their workout partners and getting into their tricked-out new model SUVs, then you will love the locale.

The food seemed like the food I had at okay places in Italy…places which the locals considered to be significantly flawed and which they debated whether the place would make it for the long haul. I actually mean this to be a compliment, and if you’ve travelled around Italy, you know what I’m talking about. At least S.S. gets to be debated over.

The veal was colorless, but quite nice and tender. It starts at $18 (no salad, etc.) and increases in price $2-$7, depending on the sauce chosen. This pricing is a bit unique. I’m cheap, so I chose the cheapest sauce: Piccata. This was a bad choice. It was like pure lemon juice, with a little water to cut it. Next time, and there will be a next time, I’ll choose a more expensive sauce.

My wife had wide homemade noodles with flecks of prosciutto(?), tiny meatballs, peas, diced tomatoes, etc.. This was nice, and we’ll get it, or a variant, again.

The clear disappointment of the night was the mushroom risotto. My kid was spaghetti’d-out from the week, and there is no kid’s menu at S.S.. So, my wife suggested this “rice” dish. I like to keep the wife happy, even if I think my kid should already be happy for whatever I put in front of him. Where I’m going with this, is that the mushroom risotto costs $24, with NO accompaniments.

Yes, ouch. I figured, “Well, it must be mind blowing, and my kid will leave me half.” My kid did leave me half (not to say that’s a significant quantity), but the dish seemed wholly unremarkable. Admittedly, I may be missing something here, but this mushroom risotto wouldn’t have surprised me if it had been served me in Papa Vino’s for $12.50. Let me repeat, I may very well not be educated enough to appreciate the subtleties which Silver Spoon’s risotto offers. You be the judge. (I guess this dish got me rambling more than I had planned to do.)

Given that the dishes come with no accompaniments, I also ordered a small bowl of shrimp bisque ($6). It was nice. Check it out if you live anywhere near this region of the Metro Area. Scr*w Andiamo’s.

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Peng Lai
6830 N Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306

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  1. Thank you for posting this review! I was very interested when I heard about this place, but won't be chomping at the bit now ,especially since the prices are kind of insane ($24 for risotto for a child???).

    1. Also, didn't Andiamo's in downtown Rochester close? I guess there must be others nearby. I have never been, knowing that it was a chain and that it was sort of expensive.

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      Andiamo
      204 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701

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      1. re: IndyGirl

        Andiamo's in Rochester has been coverted to Rojo Mexican Bistro, same owners.

      2. At least you got served. This is one of those places that believes its own hype is justification for making people wait for a table (and treating them with contempt while they wait), even if they have reservations. After three such fruitless visits, I won't be making any further attempts to dine at this restaurant, and am waiting gleefully for the day when I hear that it's going out of business. With rude service, an arrogant reservation system, and $24 items on the kids' menu, that day shouldn't be too long in coming.

        1. So, any updated reviews of this place? I'm willing to allow for the idea that they might have overcome early service or pricing glitches/wierdnesses. I am tired of not having any outstanding Italian around! (I don't mean to insult Lino's, which is right across the parking lot, and I do mostly like their food, but it sounds like this might be a different style of Italian.)

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          1. re: IndyGirl

            I have not been to Silver Spoon as of yet.....but here are 3 Italian spots that the wife and I love:
            1. Bacco
            2. Cafe Cortina
            3. Giovannis

            1. re: Quit2Chef

              I LOVE Giovanni's. Finally tried it about a month ago. Truly great food!

              1. re: Quit2Chef

                Great top three. Love all of them and I would safely put Silver Spoon into that group. For residents of Rochester Hills, Oakland Twp or Clarkston (and even Birmingham and Troy to the south), Silver Spoon is the most accessible of the bunch, logistically. And it's honestly a more approachable restaurant, which is perhaps a reflection to Rochester Hills' conservative charm. Love it up there.

              2. re: IndyGirl

                > I am tired of not having any outstanding Italian around!

                Lelli's in Auburn Hills seldom disappoints me. It's not that far from RH.

                I also like Pasta Fagioli in Bloomfield Hills (Sq Lake & Franklin). Due Venti is my most recent fav, but
                neither are exactly convenient to RH.

                I'm thinking fondly of Europa. Sigh.

                1. re: rainsux

                  What about that place Fortesa (I'd never been to Europa either, but I read that it's in the same space)? It's an Italian place, apparently. Someone I briefly met at a party mentioned it and said it was great, but I'm suspicious since I haven't heard anything on the boards.

                  1. re: IndyGirl

                    No experience @ Fortesa. The reviews on Y and G are polar opposites. Go figure ...

                    1. re: rainsux

                      yeah, I know. We thought about trying it, but their broken website pushed me over the edge into the "no" camp, especially since it is rumored to be expensive, and I didn't want to take the chance.

                2. Hi everyone. I'm just checking in to see whether there are any more recent reviews of Silver Spoon. We are looking for a restaurant to take my husband's parents to tomorrow night, and I don't want to feel responsible for picking a place that will have an inordinately high price since my FIL will probably treat since it's my husband's birthday.

                  Any updates on either value or food quality would be much appreciated.

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                  1. re: IndyGirl

                    Is there a logistical or ethnic requirement? If you're really wanting some great Italian food at dirt cheap prices, and you can bring your own wine (they'll provide glasses...they don't have beer, wine, or liquor to sell you, though), head down to Magdaleno Italian Restaurant in Lincoln Park. It's really worth the drive.

                    If you really want upscale Italian and you're willing to drive, Giovanni's in Detroit is always a favorite, too.

                    1. re: boagman

                      I love Giovanni's and want to try Magdaleno but I don't get home from work until 7 pm, so it's just not an option. We want to stay close to home.

                      Trust me, we are going to try Magdaleno sometime soon.

                      But for now, FIL is into trying Silver Spoon, so unless someone has a stoyr that convinces me otherwise, that's where we are going tomorrow night. I'll report back.

                      1. re: IndyGirl

                        Looking fwd to your report Indy Girl. A photo of your remodeled kichen would be nice addition in the footnote, if I might say.

                        1. re: VTB

                          Unfortunately, the remodel is at least a year off. :( We found out that a wall I'd dreamed and dreamed of removing contains all of the plumbing feeding the upstairs. HATE! So, we think we are going to re-route said plumbing, but it will take more money, so hence the year-long wait.

                          1. re: IndyGirl

                            So, um, not for nothing IG...but how was it already? ;)

                            1. re: boagman

                              As u like to say, "staring at screen, fingers tappng on table..."

                              1. re: VTB

                                LOL!! I just haven't had time yet. I promise to come back and do a full report. In short, we liked it, and most importantly, super hard-to-impress FIL (who's spent time in Italy) was quite impressed. More later.