Living in Downtown Detroit, I usually have the privilege of talking about a new neighbor, but today I am paying tribute to an old friend who is moving on.
And saying Thank You.
Because, you see, Angelina Italian Bistro was down here ahead of the crowds.
Ahead of me, even, by two years. (They were one of the reasons I moved to a Downtown luxury loft.)
Ten years ago, they didn’t just set up shop, but settled in.
And they have been a steadfast neighbor ever since. They have been there for Happy Hours and Lingering Dinners. They have been there to celebrate special occasions and to send us well-sated to shows (like those at the Detroit Opera House, located just around the corner).
But they are now moving on. And I will miss them.
But you don’t have to.
Because you can visit Angelina’s before December 10th, so you too can experience the incredible service and cuisine they have come to be known for. And because The Lofts of Merchants Row wanted to celebrate as well as say ciao to a good neighbor and friend, I too got to experience one last Resident Event and excellent evening at Angelina’s.
With a bar that seats 35, you’re always in good company at Angelina’s, so you should start the night with their Bruschetta Trio, a delicious line-up of Tomato Basil, Goat Cheese & Roasted Portabella, and Toasted Chick Pea Bruschetta.
It’s pretty common to hear people Downtown refer to their ‘Detroit Family,’ because the friends you make and the neighbors you meet Downtown become so important to you they’re like your family. Angelina’s obviously operates in this same spirit, and also pays homage to the longevity and love of real family—Angelina is the name of one of their Sicilian Grandmothers! So I would definitely recommend, whether you’re with your Detroit Family or your real family, you also start with Angelina Meatballs house-made with Pork, Beef, Parmesan, Marinara, and Fennel.
So, when you can have Grandma’s Meatballs, you might be tempted to skip the salad, but while we’ve all heard it from our Grandmothers and Moms, this is not your typical ‘Eat Your Vegetables’ obligation at Angelina’s. Instead, savor the Arugula Salad with Green Apple, Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese, Golden Beets, and Cider Vinaigrette.
While they have great house-made Antipasti, I’m actually going to recommend that before the pasta (or entrée) you share a Sicilian-Style Pizza with your party.
It’s not just the sauce that is classic with their Margherita Pizza with Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Grape Tomatoes, and Classic Sauce.
And you can’t pass up their Smoked Chicken Pizza with Mozzarella, House-Smoked Chicken, Pesto, and Caramelized Red Onions.
Caponata is typically an appetizer, but in true Your-Grandma-Would-Approve, this next dish is served as an entrée at Angelina’s. Pomegranate Grilled Chicken, with Pomegranate Glaze, Crushed Gold Potatoes, and Caponata (Eggplant, Olives, and Onions seasoned with herbs.) This dish is guaranteed to put the ‘OH!’ In Aubergine….
And while you can get (okay, should get) the Butternut Squash Ravioli with Amaretto Cream Sauce, Toasted Almonds, Sage, and Broccolini, I have to recommend the Lamb Gnocchi with Roast Lamb Ragu, Whipped Ricotta, and Crispy Rosemary because you are just not going to find this on very many other menus.
Just like you’re not going to find many go-to, guaranteed good-time, always great service restaurants like Angelina’s.
And while countless patrons of Angelina’s have counted on them for good times, the owners are also there for our neighbors who have fallen on harder times, giving them hope. And much, much more….
“Upon its closing, Angelina Italian Bistro Detroit will donate a portion of its kitchen equipment and supplies to Central United Methodist Church. They are building a kitchen to use as an incubator and training space in the food service industry for potential businesses, low income vets, and the homeless.”
Living in Detroit, I always have the chance to have a good time and am surrounded by good people and have great neighbors. But even while they’re saying ‘goodbye,’ Angelina Italian Bistro is still partnering with Central United Methodist Church and doing good things for Downtown Detroit.
You just can’t ask for better neighbors than that.
[We hope to see Angelina’s and co-owner Agosta back Downtown soon…and believe you me, when they are, you will see me, and all my friends and neighbors, at their new venture and venue!]