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Detroit Family-Style: Dining-Out Done Right Downtown!

This month’s Lofts of Merchants Row Resident Event was a night out that was a lot like spending the night in…if your family dinner table could magically expand to fit 30+ of your friends and neighbors, and there was no washing up to be done afterwards!

After an Open House where potential new residents toured the luxury lofts that make hosting a breeze (granite countertops, state of the art appliances, and excellently laid-out kitchens that open into spacious living and dining areas), our luxury loft building hosted everyone to an incredible evening at Giordano’s.

From their Starters, we had their Cheesy Garlic Bread, a melted mix of Four Cheeses and Herbs served with a side of House-made Marinara Sauce. Since getting ‘stuffed’ is a definite goal when you go to Giordano’s, I would also recommend their Loaded Potato Fritters, crispy Potato Fritters stuffed with Cheddar Cheese, Green Onions, and Bacon served with their signature Ranch Dipping Sauce.

Remember how your Mom always reminded you to eat your veggies—‘they’re good and good for you’? Someone’s Mom was definitely in charge of creating the salads at Giordano’s. They’re huge. And they’ve also amped them up with tasty additions. Pepperoni on a salad? That happened. Their Italiano Salad has Pepperoni, Salami, Provolone Cheese, Bruschetta Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, and Banana Peppers on top of their lettuce mix with a red wine vinaigrette.

Okay. Maybe that’s pizza on a salad. And it’s to die for!

And you’ll definitely ‘fall’ for their Harvest Greens Salad with Candied Walnuts, Dried Fruit, and Blue Cheese tossed in Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Then it’s back to ‘getting stuffed’—with Giordano’s ‘Stuffed Deep Dish Pizzas.’

Alright, a bit of a disclaimer here. I slung pizza and beer in college. It was in Ann Arbor, not Chicago, but it was stuffed deep dish. And I got to eat it for free. So, as an aficionado, I was prepared to be a little critical of Giordano’s ‘zas.

I was wrong.

And I made sure I taste-tested every pie I could, multiple times, to confirm this.

So I’m going to start off by getting some technical details out of the way before I get to the deliciousness. Giordano’s has nailed the crust, which is essential to Chicago-style stuffed deep dish pizza. The crust should be about a half inch thick and slightly crispy (think pie-crust flaky) on the outside with layers of cheese causing more layers of crust to slightly separate—so that you get alternating sections of flakiness and cheese and doughy goodness in the same bite. Giordano’s apparently knows this. In fact, with an ideal Chicago-style stuffed crust pizza you don’t even need toppings: you should be perfectly satisfied eating the plain crust dipped in Ranch dressing. (No one would actually do this, but the crust should stand up to this test. And Giordano’s did. I know. I tried. On as many crusts as I could get my hands on.)

Okay, so now on to the important ‘stuff’—the toppings.

Giordano’s offers all the requisite add-ons to create your own, but I recommend you let their chefs do their thing…because they do it right. Their Fresh Spinach was incredibly popular with the Lofts of Merchants Row residents, and the name pretty much sums it up. Their Meat & More Meat with Pepperoni, Sausage, Salami, and Bacon is also pretty self-explanatory. As is their Super Veggie with Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Onions, Broccoli, Spinach, and Black Olives. But you should also try their less traditional but just as delicious Bacon BBQ Chicken, with BBQ-Basted Chicken, Bacon, Balsamic Onions and BBQ sauce.

Nothing goes better as a side dish with a stuffed crust pizza than a thin-crust pizza, so I recommend you order one. Like their Chicken Pesto, with Chicken, Pesto, and Bruschetta Tomatoes. Or their Spinach, Artichoke & Feta.

Now this last part is going to be hard to accomplish, but worth reading.


Yes. You’re going to want to make room for this. (We will not even pretend it is possible to ‘save room’ for this with Giordano’s delicious starters, salads, and ‘zas.)

Tiramisu and Cannolis are par for the fourth course. And Girodano’s offers both. But you should definitely top off your evening with their Triple Layer Chocolate Cake.

And when you live in a Downtown Detroit luxury loft, Giordano’s is in easy walking—or walking off dessert—distance!

And it also makes it easy to grab one of their Par-Baked pies to finish cooking in your own oven at home. (Though you’re never going to pass it off as home-cooked. No one will believe you. But they will thank you.) And you can grab a quick carry-out of one of their Sandwiches or Classic Italian Dinners.

Oh, and because Giordano’s thinks of everything and everyone, just like your Mom would, they offer Gluten-Free Crusts and Pastas.


So maybe it’s not really your Mom in the kitchen and calling everyone to the table to make sure you’re well-fed and have a great time.

But it will feel like it when you join the ‘Clean-Plate Club’ at Giordano’s.

And when you can’t be with your real family, it’s good to live in a Downtown Luxury Loft where you have a Detroit Family.

In fact, it’s not just good.

It’s the best.

Posted on October 29th, 2017 in: Detroit, Detroit Food with the tags:

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